Matt Bell

Location Ann Arbor, MI
Occupation Writer
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About Me

Matt Bell is the author of two chapbooks, The Collectors and How the Broken Lead the Blind, and a forthcoming fiction collection, How They Were Found, which will be published by Keyhole in the fall of 2010. His fiction has appeared or is upcoming in magazines such as Conjunctions, Meridian, Gulf Coast, Caketrain, Hobart, Barrelhouse, Monkeybicycle, and Keyhole.

He is also the editor of The Collagist and a member of the Dzanc Writer in Residence Program. He won the 2008 Million Writers Award for his story "Alex Trebek Never Eats Fried Chicken," originally published in Storyglossia.

He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and can be reached via e-mail at

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Rae Bryant – Jul 18, 2010

Hi, Matt!

Rachel Swirsky – Dec 06, 2009

Hi, Matt! Don't know many people so I thought I'd poke you and say hi. Not that I know you well, but hey, there's BAF and Facebook. Gotta count for something. :)

Cat Rambo – Dec 05, 2009

Heya Matty, are you going to publish "Alex Trebek Never Eats Fried Chicken" on here? Such a goodb story.

Lindsay Marianna Walker – Nov 17, 2009

Your story in the new Gulf Coast is beautiful and interesting. I love: "The compasses are disappointingly true, pointing north over and over, when all he wants is for one to dissent, to demur, to show him the new direction he cannot find on his own." Well done, sir :)

Corey Zeller – Oct 09, 2009

Hey's all the writing going. I was looking at my last comment and I wondered if you'd become a verb yet...

if not I'm going to send The Collagist fifty pieces about you being a verb.

Either way, nice work all over the place. Hope you're doing good.


Dave Clapper – Oct 04, 2009

Are you going to post "Mario's Three Lives" on here? I freaking love that.

Alan Rossi – Mar 18, 2009

hey matt, the mario story and the "how broken lead the blind" one are so good. i wish i hadn't missed out on the chapbook. oh, and thanks for the shout-out on your blog recently.

Corey Zeller – Feb 14, 2009

Thanks for all the nice things you said about my piece. I am looking forward to looking more into your writing and talking to you about it in the future.

So far...Chainsaw (n) was pretty crazy. I think Matt Bell (n.) would be even better. Or "Matt Bell is a Verb"...doesn't that sound like it would be a great story.

Jon Davies – Feb 04, 2009

Expect a lifeboat in a tiger boy in the next twenty-four hours.

Michelle Tandoc – Feb 04, 2009

Hi, Matt!

Scott Garson – Sep 02, 2008

i was going to say what B did but I knew you'd then change it and leave me making no sense, as you've left him. you see, i'm more concerned about me making sense than i am about you making sense.....

barry graham – Sep 01, 2008

ha. who's novel you working on?

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