St. Louis native Matthew Pitt is author of two collections of fiction: These Are Our Demands (Engine/Ferry Street Books, 2017), winner of the 2018 Midwest Book Award for Short Fiction, and Attention Please Now (Autumn House Press, 2010), winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize and a Writers’ League of Texas Book Award finalist. His stories and nonfiction appear in dozens of publications and anthologies, including: Oxford American, Epoch, The Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, Conjunctions, Smithsonian and Best New American Voices. They have also been cited in editions of The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and The Pushcart Prize anthologies. Among his fellowships and awards include honors from the Mississippi Arts Commission, Bronx Council on the Arts, The New York Times, the Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and Taos Writers’ Conferences, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
In various stops and stays around the country, Matt found gainful employment as an editor and freelance writer, on the staff of a sitcom; and as a mascot, embodying the role of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. These days he calls Fort Worth his home, living there with his wife and daughters (ravenous readers all), and working as an Assistant Professor in TCU’s English Department. He has not yet been asked to portray the university mascot (the horned frog), but just might be willing.