About Me



Matt was born in Bristol 1971 and now lives in Newport, Wales with his partner Kelly and their cat 'Pablo', Matt regards himself as a working-class poet, and activist, and has left leaning political views his poems have appeared in many journals including The Potomac Review, Foxtrot Uniform, Dodging the Rain, Here Comes Everyone, Osiris Poetry Journal, The Blue Nib, The Poetry Village, The Journal, The Dawntreader, The High Window, The Ghost City Review, L' Ephemere Review, Confluence, Marble and Polarity. 

In 2015, Matt won the Erbacce Prize for Poetry from over 5,000 entries with his first full collection of poems Dystopia 38.10 (erbacce-press) and won the Into the Void Poetry Prize in 2017 with his poem Elegy for Magdalene. Matt has previously published two chapbooks: One Million Tiny Cuts (Clare Song Birds Publishing House) and A Season in Another World (Thirty West Publishing House). In 2019 Matt was one of the winners of the Naji Naaman Literary Prize (Honours for Complete Works). and was highly commended in the 'Road to Clevedon Pier Poetry Competition with his poem 'Walking with Coleridge'. His second full collection Woodworm (Hedgehog Poetry Press) was published in July 2019, and his latest chapbook collection "The Kingdom" (Maytree Press) came out on the 10th April (2020). Matt has a new collaboration due out in July (2020) with Maria Castro Dominguez a ten - poem pamphlet titled 'Ten Truths from Wonderland (Hedgehog Poetry Press). Matt is currently working on his third full length collection 'Lemminkainen - A New Beginning' while hiding in isolation in a green bunker based in Newport, surviving on nothing else but crisps, gin, and sour fizzy fish.   

Some of My Favourite Poets - Yeats (Prefer Yeats to Heaney ) Weldon Kees, Brendan Kennelly, Irina Ratushinskaya, Ezra Pound, Penny Rimbaud, Tomas Trastromer, John Ashbery, Les A. Murray, Lorca, Frank O' Hara, Tony Harrison, Joseph Moncure March, Heinrich Heine, John Clare, Walt Whitman. 

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