Matt Jones is a writer of environmental nonfiction, literary journalism, personal essays, and fiction. He holds an MFA in prose from the University of Alabama and a BA in English writing and rhetoric from St. Edward's University.
As a writer, Matt has received support from organizations such as the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, the Ohio Arts Council, Oregon State University's Spring Creek Project, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and the Vermont Studio Center. His essay "No Heart, No Moon" was selected 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. His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Boulevard, Gay Mag,
Grist, Longreads, The Pinch, The Southamptom Review, and
Matt has taught creative writing, science writing, literature, and composition through numerous universities and organizations, including Penn State-Altoona, Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs, Gotham Writers Workshop, and the Loft Literary Center. This fall, he will begin work as a full-time English teacher.
At present, Matt is 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.