Mattie has been a poet since the age of 3. He says he would go up to his mother, Jeni, and ask her to type his work on the family's computer. "I'd go, 'Mommy can you write something down for me please?' And she would say, 'Sure,'" he says. "I would tell her these poems, and she would type them down for me."

With those first writings, Mattie didn't even know that he was writing poetry. "I was just expressing my feelings. I was just saying what I felt like I needed to say." Today, Mattie writes his poetry by himself on his computer.


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