Matthew Salesses, Ashland MFA Fiction
Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses


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 BuzzfeedRefinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a new novel, The Murder of the Doppelgänger (Little A, 2018), and a collection of essays, Own Story (Little A, 2019). 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, Salon, The Toast, The Millions, The Rumpus, 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.

Matthew has received awards and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Glimmer Train, Mid-American Review, [PANK], HTMLGIANT, IMPAC, Inprint, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from Emerson College. He is currently a Cambor Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in Literature & Creative Writing at the University of Houston, where he has received the Inprint Marion Barthelme Prize in creative writing and service and the Inprint Barthelme Prize in fiction. In 2015, he was named one of 32 Essential Asian American Writers by Buzzfeed.

Matthew has served as Fiction Editor of The Good Men Project, Editor-in-Chief of Redivider Journal, and Online Fiction Editor of Gulf Coast. He is currently the Web Editor of Pleiades and serves on the boards of Green Mountains Review and Machete (an imprint of The Ohio State University Press). He has taught for the Kundiman, Writers @ Work, and Boldface writing conferences and currently teaches at Coe College, where he is an Assistant Professor of English, and at Ashland University’s Low-residency MFA Program. He is available for private editing and book consultations. He regularly speaks and gives readings at colleges and universities, television, and radio, and is available for booking.


Ph.D., University of Houston
MFA Creative Writing, Emerson College

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