About

Matthew is the author of the poetry collection, Shadow Folk and Soul Songs, published by Kelsay Books. Among selected journals, Matthew's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Jerry Jazz Musician, The Roanoke Review, The Sport Literate, Maudlin House, The Westchester Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry,  Twin Bill, The New Southern Fugitives, The Maryland Literary Review, The Under Review, and New York Quarterly. 

Formerly a sports journalist and editor, he has written for The Carolinian, Fansided, The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY), and the USA Today's College, and has been a contributor on the radio (WUAG 103.1); he remains a freelance editor. He has also served as a teaching assistant and tutor of American Literature and English Studies.

A native of New Rochelle, New York and raised in Stratford, Connecticut, he now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina after earning his MA in English from UNC-Greensboro. His scholarly interest included the Harlem Renaissance, 19th Century American Literature, Journalism and Media, and Rhetoric in American Sports. His classic literary influences include Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Carl Sandberg, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, and Washington Irving. His modern influences include Kevin Young, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Yusef Komunyakaa, Nikki Giovanni, and Sonia Sanchez.

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