Matt Jones is a writer of environmental nonfiction, literary journalism, personal essays, hybrid texts, and fiction. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in English Writing and Rhetoric from St. Edward's University. He has taught creative writing, composition, and literature through numerous universities and programs, including Penn State-Altoona, the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, and the Mercantile Library of Cincinnati. He currently serves as a teaching artist for Gotham Writers Workshop and the Loft Literary Center.
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, Oregon State University's Spring Creek Project, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, the Vermont Studio Center, and Willowtail Springs. 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.