Jesse Mattas

Jesse is a songwriter, poet, visual artist, and peace scholar. His music has been described as having “more feeling than a bag full of feelings made out from feelings-cloth bought from the shop of feelings on feelings-street in feelings-town.” He has released four albums and toured the world as a front man in the Crooked Brothers. His poems have been published internationally. Through the University of Winnipeg and the University of Waterloo he has developed parallel practices in International Development and Peace and Conflict Studies. His current research focuses on peacebuilding and conflict transformation through the arts, specifically regarding poetry and folk music. He is originally from Treaty 1 Territory (Winnipeg) and currently lives in an apartment with his partner and two lively children on the Haldimand Tract (Waterloo) in the country they call Canada.