About

Matthew is the author of the poetry collection, Shadow Folk and Soul Songs, published by Kelsay Books in 2019, and his second collection, Far From New York State, is scheduled for release in Fall 2022 through New York Quarterly Press.  

 

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, The Maryland Literary Review, New York Quarterly, The Northern New England Review, Up the Staircase Quarterly, I-70 Review, and The Front Porch Review. 

Matthew, who is a three-time, Best of the Net nominee, is also the managing editor of the independent, literary magazine, Portrait of New England, and the poetry editor of The Twin Bill. He is a member of the writing networks: The North Carolina Writers Network, the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, and the Connecticut Poetry Society. 

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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 M.A. 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, Washington Irving, and Phillis Wheatley. His modern influences include Kevin Young, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Yusef Komunyakaa, Nikki Giovanni, and Sonia Sanchez.

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