Matt's first novel, Sometimes We're Always Real Same-Same, was selected as a semi-finalist for the Cabell First Novelist Award and named one of the best books of 2009 by Booklist and New West.

His stories have appeared in The Sun, The Missouri Review, Indiana Review, Narrative Magazine, Redivider, AGNI online, and the 2007 Best American Nonrequired Reading. He's received a Pushcart Prize honorable mention, Minnesota State Arts Board grant, a Loft Mentor Series Award, and he was a finalist for a Bush Artist Fellowship.

Born in 1977, he grew up in Minnesota, lived in Minneapolis for ten years and played drums in an indie rock back, designed and peddled skateboards, and founded the T-shirt printing operation Screenarchy.

Matt received his MFA from Warren Wilson College. He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Unalakleet, Alaska.


Mattox: email
Agent - Stephanie Abou, Foundry Literary + Media
Media & Events - Caitlin Hamilton Summie

Sometimes We're Always
a novel
ISBN 978-1-932961-87-4
Unbridled Books
336 pages

"A smashing debut by a writer who does not flinch from the misfortune and cruelty that rule certain lives but whose vision is full of beauty, wisdom, and grace."

-Sigrid Nunez