Photo by  Liam Mackenzie .

Photo by Liam Mackenzie.

Hello! My name is Matthew (preferably not Matt, often miscalled Michael, and only my mother can call me Matty).

I’m the Edmonton Public Library’s Writer-in-Residence for 2019. Are you looking for feedback on your work or ways to connect with the literary community in the city? Find out how to book an appointment to meet with me at the Highlands branch here!

I'm a freelance writer and poet, the editor of Glass Buffalo, and the poetry editor for Eighteen Bridges. I've written for several magazines, including Avenue Edmonton, Mortar & Pestle, U of A Engineer Magazine, and The Yards. My poetry has appeared in Eighteen Bridges, The New Quarterly, Poetry Is DeadFrog Hollow Press' The City Series: Edmonton, and my short fiction has appeared on coffee sleeves in Edmonton. In 2015, FIPP named me one of the Top 3 Rising Stars in Media.

My first book—the collaborative novel Project Compass, written with three other authors—was published by Monto Books in Fall 2017. (You can order a copy here.) My poetry chapbook, Relying on that Body, featuring poems inspired by the queens of season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race, was released through Glass Buffalo Publishing in Summer 2018. (You can order a copy here.)  

Alongside Jason Purcell, I manage Glass Bookshop, Edmonton’s newest bookstore. The space focuses on Canadian writing with special attention paid to LGBTQ2SIA and IBPOC writers, as well as the independent publishers who help to produce their work. Visit us at our pop-up location in Edmonton City Centre West!

I have a BA Honours in English from the University of Alberta and am currently based in Edmonton.