Matt Truslow recently graduated from our MFA Poetry program and has been hired to teach CO150. We are happy to have him!
What are you most excited about for teaching at CSU?
I’ve spent the last three years here as a graduate student and GTA. I’m very fond of the English department at CSU and I suppose I’m most excited to be on the other side of the glass.
What do you like most about teaching in general?
It’s the best job I’ve had. I like that I don’t have to sell anything. My responsibility is to make students more literate, deliberate, and self-aware. It’s an honest and necessary thing to do.
Why do you think the humanities are important?
They’re founded on empathy. Understanding a text requires understanding.
When you’re not working or teaching what do you like to do?
I watch a lot of TV. It’s a bad habit I’m trying to break. When I can tear myself from a screen I’m reading and writing poems. It’s what I got my MFA in.
What did you do with your summer before you started teaching?
I worked nights at Home Depot.
What is something most people at CSU do not know about you?
I practiced martial arts from grade school to early college. I’m garbage at it now but that’s something most people probably didn’t know.
What is your favorite book and why? What about your favorite word?
I’ll say that my favorite book is “The Sonnets” by Ted Berrigan but I really can’t say with certainty. My favorite word is “and.”