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
Matt received his MFA from Warren Wilson College.
He currently lives with his wife and daughter in Unalakleet, Alaska.
- Stephanie Abou, Foundry Literary + Media
Media & Events - Caitlin
Sometimes We're Always
"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."