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Behind the Curtain - Podcast Edition

Behind The Curtain: Matt Thies

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
The roles of artists in society are varied and invaluable. Behind The Curtain explores the ways artists are adapting to new (if temporary) norms as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in to hear interviews with musicians, performers, and storytellers of all kinds, as we look to reinforce local and national artistic communities.

In this episode of the Behind the Curtain Podcast, we will be speaking with Matt Thies, a recent graduate of UNCW’s Creative Writing MFA program and local musician in the band Open Wire. Matt is a poet who draws inspiration from environmentalism and North Carolina history. His thesis collection, entitled Oceanicity, uses the hydrosphere as a centralizing theme through which he explores emotion, relationship to place, and untold histories. Matt generously agreed to read and discuss three poems from his collection. Stay tuned at the end of the episode to hear "Wake," Open Wire’s latest yet-to-be-released single!


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