Matthew Guenette was born in Syracuse, New York, and grew up in New Hampshire. He earned his BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems, Sudden Anthem (Dream Horse Press, 2008), won the 2007 American Poetry Journal Book Prize. His second collection, American Busboy (University of Akron Press, 2011), was chosen by Mary Biddinger as an Editor's Choice Selection for the Akron Poetry Prize. Guenette teaches at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin.