News & Reviews

• May 2015 -- EVERYWHERE STORIES: SHORT FICTION FOR A SMALL PLANET (Press 53) is a Finalist in the "Fiction: Anthologies" category of the 2015 International Book Awards. My story "Au Lieu des Fleurs" is part of this terrific collection.

• August 2014 -- Two panels that I am chairing were accepted for the 2015 AWP Conference in Minneapolis: "A Tribute to Charles Baxter," and "A Tribute to Alice Munro."

• May 2014 -- Recognized as the TCU English Department 2013-2014 "Teacher of the Year"

• February 2014 -- Presented a pedagogy paper at the Southwest Popular Culture Conference, "You Started It: Finding a Fresh Voice in Another's."

• December 2013 -- "Lousy With Light" (short story) has been accepted for inclusion in WRITING TEXAS, an anthology forthcoming in Fall 2014 from Lamar State University Press.

• October 2013 -- "A Damn Sight" (short story) accepted for publication in the Spring 2014 issue of Conjunctions Magazine, themed around the topic of EXILE.

•April 2013: My novel-in-progress was awarded a Junior Faculty Summer Research grant at TCU.

• September 2012: A new short story, "Development", is featured on BOMB's website.
http:/​/​bombsite.com/​issues/​1000/​articles/​6816

• June 2012: Thrilled to announce that I will be joining the intrepid English department at Texas Christian University this fall, as an Assistant Professor. Go Horned Frogs! www.tcu.edu

• May 2012: ATTENTION PLEASE NOW selected as co-winner of the Debutlitzer award from Late Night Library, alongside fellow finalists Dan DeWeese (YOU DON'T LOVE THIS MAN), Deanna Fei (A THREAD OF SKY), and Leslie Jamison (THE GIN CLOSET). Congrats, congrats to us all. www.latenightlibrary.org.

• May 2012: A new review of the book up at Coal Hill Review.

• March 2012: "Where You Get Ahead of Yourself," originally published in Epoch, has been cited as a "Distinguished Story of 2011" in the BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2012 anthology.

• January 2012: Plucky podcast Late Night Library will discuss APN on their latest edition. It drops (do broadcasts drop?) 1/​31/​12. www.latenightlibrary.org

• October 2011: Attention Please Now was named a finalist for the 2011 Writers League of Texas Book Awards (part of some terrific company). http:/​/​www.writersleague.org/​contests/​book-awards.htm

• October 2011: A new review (and interview) of the collection is up at The Short Review, a fabulous website that focuses solely on short fiction.
Review: http:/​/​www.theshortreview.com/​reviews/​MatthewPittAttentionPleaseNow.htm
Interview: http:/​/​www.theshortreview.com/​authors/​MatthewPitt.htm

• July 2011: I was selected as the Claridge Writer-in-Residence at Illinois College.

• June 2011: Got to cover the Mississippi Grammys for Oxford American's website:
http:/​/​oxfordamerican.org/​articles/​2011/​jun/​14/​sweet-notes-not-cliffs-notes/​

• May/​June 2011: Was a Guest Writer at Hendrix College, teaching an advanced fiction/​non-fiction workshop to a group of dedicated young artists.

• May 2011: A new story, "Where You Get Ahead of Yourself," is in Epoch (Vol. 60, #2). A story about a superhero...sort of...alongside heroic fiction by Lily Tuck, Luther Magnussen, and others.

• April 2011: The St. Louis Public Radio Station, KWMU, will play an interview with me on their show, Cityscape. Listen in live tomorrow (4/​8)! It's at: http:/​/​news.stlpublicradio.org/​

• March 2011: An interview with Oxford American about my work is up on their website: http:/​/​oxfordamerican.org/​interviews/​2011/​mar/​10/​featured-writer-month/​

• March 2011: A new story, "Quick, Quick, Slow," is live online at Booth: http:/​/​booth.butler.edu/​

• March 2011: The book landed on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's inaugural Top 10 best-seller list.
http:/​/​www.stltoday.com/​entertainment/​books-and-literature/​article_40b9aadd-41f0-571b-9d1b-3e6278afe209.html

• February 2011: New piece is up at BathHouse, wherein I collaborate with exceptional writers like Robin Black, Bryan Furuness, and more. Fiction? Nonfiction? Broadside rant? You make the call. http:/​/​bhjournal.com/​issues/​Vol8_1/​bryan-furuness.php

• January 2011: I've been named a Spring 2011 Emerging Writer Fellow at The Writer's Center in Bethesda. A workshop/​reading/​rock concert to follow in March. http:/​/​www.writer.org/​page.aspx?pid=894

• December 2010: A very kind essay about my book in the current Colorado Review: "The stories buzz with the modern background noise of television and movies, celebrity and fame, consumerism and competition....As we move through the collection, we realize that Pitt is making a broader statement about attention deprivation..."

• November 2010: A new story, "These Are Our Demands," is in the Winter 2011 issue of The Cincinnati Review.

• October 2010: I'll be the Guest Author at the online Barnes & Noble Writing Room the week of October 12-18. Log in, fire off some writing questions, and I'll do my best to field them.
http:/​/​bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/​t5/​Writing-Room/​Guest-Author-Matthew-Pitt/​m-p/​677160#U677160

• September 2010: I'll be taking part in the Future of the South Symposium, October 5 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. The panel I'm on will discuss the direction of the Gulf Coast over the next 40 years.
http:/​/​www.oxfordamerican.org/​news-events/​news/​2010/​sep/​21/​oxford-american-presents-future-south-symposium/​

• August 2010: My collection is now available on Kindle, for those who love books, but despise paper.

• August 2010: Invited to be part of the authors' roster for the 2011 Montevallo Literary Festival, taking place next April 15 at the University of Montevallo, in Alabama. Note to self: file taxes EARLY.
More: http:/​/​www.montevallo.edu/​english/​MLF/​

• July 2010: I've been named to the authors' roster for the 2010 Southern Festival in Books, held October 8-10 in downtown Nashville, TN. First Sewanee, now this: maybe the universe is trying to tell me something about Tennessee.
More: http:/​/​www.humanitiestennessee.org/​festival/​index.php

• June 2010: I've been awarded the John N. Wall Fiction Fellowship at the 2010 Sewanee Writers' Conference. I went a couple years back as a scholar. It was a great experience and I can't wait to make this return engagement.
More: http:/​/​sewaneewriters.org/​conference/​attendees/​fellows

•May 2010: Jeff Parker reviews APN for The Rumpus. Or rather, Jeff and I are assigned to write "dueling reviews" of each other's collections. Instead of dueling, we opt for detente, over a beer and elk burgers in Denver. Jeff writes: "[A]t their best [these stories] show us flailing in the grey area between thought and action with spellbinding results."
More: http:/​/​therumpus.net/​2010/​05/​parker-on-pitt/​#more-52281

•May 2010: ATTENTION PLEASE NOW wows the editors of the indomitable Oxford American.
"The plots twist in surprising directions, the details pop off the page, the characters are creepy, interesting, and so scrappy and exposed that you wind up rooting for them—and strewn through the darkness and pain are some very funny moments. Miracles of phrasing abound."
Read more: http:/​/​oxfordamerican.org/​articles/​2010/​may/​05/​new-books/​

•April 2010: ATTENTION PLEASE NOW nabs a great review from McClatchy Newspapers.
"Pitt...shows us how it’s done in his remarkable debut short-story collection. Pitt has mastered the tautness of language and emotional intensity that gives a short story the punch a novel often lacks. In all of Pitt’s stories you find yourself hurtling toward an ending or denouement that is both frightening and seductive."
Read more: http:/​/​www.sunherald.com/​2010/​04/​24/​2123110/​gulfport-author-pens-collection.html#ixzz0oDQ86w7D

•April 2010: Matt's story, "A Thief At Either Side," won the Dana Award for Short Fiction.

•April 2010: Andrew's Book Club selects ATTENTION PLEASE NOW (along with story collections by two wonderful writers, Robin Black and Becky Hagenston) as a "Pick of the Month".
Read more: http:/​/​andrewsbookclub.wordpress.com/​2010/​04/​01/​indie-pick-april-2010/​