MATTHEW SALESSES is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A/Amazon Publishing), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, Disappear Doppelgänger Disappear (Little A, 2020), a book on the craft and pedagogy of fiction, Craft in the Real World (Catapult, 2021), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2021). His previous books and chapbooks include I’m Not Saying, I’m Just Saying (Civil Coping Mechanisms), Different Racisms: On Stereotypes, the Individual, and Asian American Masculinity (Thought Catalog Books), and The Last Repatriate (Nouvella).
Matthew was adopted from Korea and has written about adoption, race, and parenting for NPR Code Switch, The New York Times Motherlode, VICE.com, Salon, The Rumpus, The Kenyon Review, the Center for Asian American Media, and The Good Men Project, among others. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Witness, West Branch, PEN/Guernica, and many others. He has received awards and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, [PANK], HTMLGIANT, IMPAC, Inprint, and elsewhere. Buzzfeed named him one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers in 2015.
Matthew is an Assistant Professor of English at Coe College and teaches in the Low-residency MFA Program at Ashland University. He writes about creative writing pedagogy for the Pleiades blog, where he is the Website Editor. He serves on the boards of Green Mountains Review and Machete (an imprint of The Ohio State University Press). He earned a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Emerson College. He has edited fiction for The Good Men Project, Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts, and Redivider. He has read and lectured widely at conferences, universities, TV, and radio, including on PBS and NPR stations, at Brown University, the Texas State and Our Lady of the Lakes MFA programs, at adoption events and conferences, and at the Tin House, Kundiman, Writers @ Work, and Boldface writing conferences.