Matt Jones is a writer of environmental nonfiction, literary journalism, personal essays, hybrid texts, and fiction. He holds a BA in English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward's University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. He has taught creative writing, composition, and literature to college-level and continuing-education participants through numerous universities and programs, including the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Gotham Writers Workshop, the Loft Literary Center, and the Mercantile Library of Cincinnati. He is currently serving as the Emerging-Writer-in-Residence at Penn State-Altoona.
Matt's essay "No Heart, No Moon" was selected by Sy Montgomery and Jaime Green for the 2019 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology, and his short story "The Changeling" was chosen as a Distinguished Story in The Best American Stories 2018, edited by Roxane Gay. His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, Gay Mag, Longreads,
Michigan Quarterly Review, The New England Review, and The Threepenny Review.
Matt has received support from the Leopold Writing Program, the Ohio Arts Council, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the Vermont Studio Center, and Willowtail Springs. In the summer of 2019, he was awarded an artist residency through Oregon State University's Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch Creek. In the spring and summer of 2020, he will serve as a writer-in-residence at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow.
He is currently at work on Future Perfect, a linked essay collection that uses a blend of literary journalism, archival research, and personal writing to explore how language attempts, and sometimes fails, to communicate the realities of pressing environmental threats.