From the Fishouse: The Poetic Pursuits of Bowdoin Magazine’s Matt O’Donnell

Camille Dungy and Matt O'Donnell at the Fishouse, October 2011.

Bowdoin Magazine Associate Editor Matt O’Donnell is a renaissance man. In addition to his journalistic duties chronicling the life of the College and its alumni for the magazine, the Bowdoin Daily Sun, and the College’s ever increasing social media effort, and leading Bowdoin Outing Club groups up and down mountains hither and yon, he is at work as editor of From the Fishouse, an online audio literary journal.

O’Donnell founded the non-profit From the Fishouse with poet Camille T. Dungy, a professor at San Francisco State University, to promote the oral tradition of poetry. Fishouse takes its name — and spelling — from the writing cabin of the late Maine writer, Lawrence Sargent Hall ’36, who taught English at Bowdoin from 1946 to 1986. The actual Fishouse now sits in the woods behind O’Donnell’s home. Along with its online offerings, Fishouse runs a visiting poet reading series on campus, co-sponsored by the Bowdoin College Alpha Delta Phi Society Literary Fund.

O’Donnell and From the Fishouse were profiled this week on the website of 32 Poems Magazine.

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