Matt Jones is a graduate of the University of Alabama's MFA Program in Creative Writing. He is an environmentalist and a writer of both fiction and nonfiction. He received his BA from St. Edward's University and is originally from Houston, TX. He teaches English, composition, and rhetoric at the college-level, and served as a co-instructor of the Mercantile Library's "Fundamentals of Fiction Workshop" in fall 2018.
Matt was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2018, and has been the recipient of scholarships to the River Teeth Nonfiction Conference and the Wesleyan Writers Conference. He has served as a writer-in-residence at Willowtail Springs, the Leopold Writing Program, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. This August, he will be an artist-in-residence for the Collaborative Retreat at Shotpouch Creek.
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, Columbia Review, Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters, Literary Hub, Longreads, Michigan Quarterly Review, The New England Review, The Southern Review, and The Threepenny Review.
He is currently at work on an environmental essay collection and a collaborative novel set in Whites City, New Mexico.