About the Author

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Matthew Pitt is a native of St. Louis: yes, the city with the Gateway Arch; yes, the view is spectacular; no, he would not recommend visits by the claustrophobic. Arch asides aside, Matthew's first book of fiction, the short story collection ATTENTION PLEASE NOW, won the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize. It was also a Writers League of Texas Book Award finalist. For more info about the book, click the link on the right-hand column.

Matthew is a graduate of Hampshire College and New York University, where he was a New York Times fellow. His stories have appeared in such journals, magazines and anthologies as: Oxford American, The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Epoch, Witness, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Harcourt's BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES. His work has been cited in the BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES, BEST AMERICAN NONREQUIRED READING, and PUSHCART PRIZE anthologies. His stories have won prizes from Inkwell (judged by Martha Cooley), the Salem College Center for Women Writers (judged by Ellen Gilchrist) and The Madison Review. Other wonderful organizations have provided wonderful grants: Mississippi Arts Commission, the Bronx Council on the Arts, the Santa Fe Writers Project (selected by Pagan Kennedy), and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Since leaving St. Louis, Matthew has paid rent in Amherst and Northampton, MA, Brooklyn and New York, NY, Austin, TX, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, CA. He received security deposits back from every landlord. He can also say he’s held a number of jobs to pay those rent checks—some making for prouder mentions than others. A few gigs of note or infamy: writer’s assistant on a sitcom; book editor; portrayer of mascots, including a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle; member in good standing of the United Auto Workers (for a phone fundraising job); plasma donor.

He has written articles, essays, and reviews for Oxford American, Smithsonian, Poets & Writers, the National Book Foundation, The Rumpus, Food Network Magazine, and other publications. He has received scholarships from the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and has taught creative writing at NYU, Penn State Altoona, Hendrix College, Bronx Writers’ Center, and Illinois College. Now in Fort Worth, Matt is an Assistant Professor at TCU, working on a novel and second collection.