Matt DeVirgiliis

Location Point Pleasant, NJ
Occupation Business Consultant
IM (GTalk) mattdevir

About Me

I always carry a pen and a notebook.


Contribute to 52/250, Istanbul Literary Review, Pure Slush and YakTale.

Why do you write?

My experiences fuel my creativity; I only write what I know or what I have lived to some extent. Sometimes I feel that is limiting, but then I look around and realize my how much I still have to write.

But why write? I don't know anything else.

Any favorite authors? Books?

John Cheever, John Steinbeck, Raymond Carver, Benjamin Percy, and Ernest Hemingway. I read Cannery Row and For Whom the Bell Tolls once a year.

Matt DeVirgiliis's Wall

Michael J. Solender – Jan 20, 2013

Thx for enjoying my fish story! Glad it resonated w/you..

Gloria Garfunkel – Aug 07, 2012

Matt, thank you for your enthusiastic comment on Binge Painter. I really loved The Perfect Day.

Robert Vaughan – Sep 19, 2011

Matt, thanks so much for your comments today on my work, "Bombs Keep Falling," and "3 Short Shorts." I am so flattered, and honored that you enjoyed them.

Jack Swenson – Aug 04, 2011

Matt, darn, I missed the zoo in Amsterdam when I was there. The one where the action in my story takes place is in San Francisco. Thanks!

Larry Strattner – Jul 03, 2011

I am remiss in not thanking you for the comments on "Give Me Fifty Words..." Thanks for taking the time. I appreciate it!

Sophie Kipner – Jun 23, 2011

Hi Matt! Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my story, "A Visceral Affair"! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading more of your great work.

Michael Parker – Jun 07, 2011

HI Matt! Thanks for your comment again on "Ghost Searches Downtown." Congrats, also, on the publication in Istanbul Literary Review! Very impressive! I look forward to reading your work. Best of luck in your endeavors! Michael

Gary Percesepe – Jun 07, 2011


thanks so much for reading my story, and for your thoughtful comment--


Katie – Apr 18, 2011

And thank you so much for your comment on my piece Oh Conductor. I welcome feedback of all sorts and it's great to hear what you have to say! Thank you again!

Katie – Apr 18, 2011

Thank you for the welcome comment on my page! Yes, being young and already knowing I want to be in the writing world is pretty great, it gives me so much to look forward to. I'm so glad I am a part of fictionaut!

Meg Pokrass – Mar 31, 2011

Matt - thanks for your comment and support of my story "Union". I'm very appreciative!

Bill Yarrow – Mar 30, 2011

Thanks, Matt, for the comment on "Disappearing Ink." Thanks also for the fave!

Susan Tepper – Mar 29, 2011

Matt, thanks so much for Ringing, Ringing!!

Keith U. – Mar 09, 2011

Matt, thank you so much for reading "1991" and for your kind comment!

Nicole Monaghan – Feb 18, 2011

Thanks for reading my piece and for commenting, Matt.

Jules Archer – Feb 12, 2011

Thanks Matt, appreciate the read on "Two Sides".

Jack Swenson – Feb 03, 2011

Wow, Matt. Fantastic yourself! Thanks for the great comment about my bug story.

Jack Ales-Oruam – Feb 02, 2011

Thank you for your comment on "Bleached Mutiny." I really appreciate it.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Feb 01, 2011

Hey, thanks for reading Admission. Glad you liked it.

Estelle Bruno – Jan 31, 2011

I see your from Point Pleasant. I had a life saving experience in that town. I still love it.

Soon to be deleted – Jan 31, 2011

Thanks for reading Cognizance!

Glen Binger – Jan 25, 2011

Hey Matt,

Thanks for the kind words on my recent post. That's awesome you're in Point! I didn't know anyone in the literary community was so close. We should definitely grab a beer sometime. Let me know.


Bill Yarrow – Jan 24, 2011

Matt, thanks for commenting on and faving "George." Appreciate it very much!

Larry Strattner – Jan 24, 2011

Matt, Thanks for your comments on Fourth World. Appreciated. Of yours I read up from Chickenshit to Daisies then skipped to Baghdad. You get a little dark yourself here and there. Good luck in you quest to write. I took a turn away from it once and it took a long time to get back. Cheers Larry
Last line in Caprice did you mean brake lights?

Carol Reid – Jan 08, 2011

Thank you so much for commenting on "Sage". I look forward to reading your work!

Linda Simoni-Wastila – Jan 08, 2011

Matt, thanks so much for reading and commenting on It's True What They Say -- much appreciated! Peace...

Catherine Davis – Jan 07, 2011

Matt, thank you for finding "Rock, Roll, et al," and hearing smooth within the choppy. Hard to know, you know, sometimes after much rendering. I know Point Pleasant! Wonderful. Well, mostly the antique shops I know, strange to say. A fav escape, going there.

J.B. Lacombe – Jan 07, 2011

Hi Matt, thanks so much for reading my story and for commenting! :)

Jack Swenson – Jan 02, 2011

Glad you liked "Mad Max," Matt. I love putting these little pieces together. Thanks for the read(s).

Robert Vaughan – Dec 13, 2010

Thanks for reading and commenting on "Three Questions for any Doctor." Much appreciated.

Jules Archer – Dec 07, 2010

Matt - thanks for your comments on "Help Me Own You"! Thanks for taking the time to read a piece of mine.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Dec 03, 2010

Thank you for reading Blue Grass. Much appreciated.

Jules Archer – Oct 19, 2010

Matt - thanks for reading and commenting on "John & Cathy Come Home". Appreciate it!

M – Oct 10, 2010

Thanks for your warm welcome, Matthew, and for reading and commenting on "while we sleep." I've enjoyed reading about your career aspirations and wish you the best of luck. Also, I second your taste in authors. Take care -- Quenby

Matthew A. Hamilton – Sep 30, 2010

Thanks for reading Peace of Mind and kind remarks.

Jack Swenson – Sep 03, 2010

Hey, Matt. You can compare my writing to Hemingway anytime. Thanks!

Jerry Ratch – Sep 02, 2010

Thanks for reading and the fave, Matt! Appreciated very much!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 31, 2010

Thank you for reading Afghanistan and for the fav. Much appreciated.

Kim Conklin – Aug 10, 2010

Thanks for the comment on This is Something She Would Miss. Nice to meet you on FN!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Aug 09, 2010

Thank you for reading Qean and the fav. Much appreciated.

Kristen Tsetsi – Aug 02, 2010

Hi, Matt! Thanks for stopping by and for being intrigued. Your profile is equally intriguing. After dipping into screenwriting, myself (without the success you had) and writing my own fiction, I too am now writing book jacket copy, writing some pages/chapters for non-fic self/help books (ghostwriting company), and will soon be editing children's books. How strange. :) But, it's fun, and like you say, it's challenging. Different every day, too, which is a bonus. I don't know about any brass ring, though. I'll just have to read more about yours.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 19, 2010

Thank you for reading and commenting on Union of Opposites. Much appreciated, as always.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jul 12, 2010

Thank you for reading and commenting on Body Double. Glad you enjoyed it.

zoe zolbrod – Jul 07, 2010

Thanks for stopping by my wall, Matt. I'm just dipping my toes into Fictionaut, but I think I'm about to jump in. It seems great.

Sara – Jul 06, 2010

I lived and worked on LBI for a couple summers and my job took me up and down Route 9. Still go down but no longer local.

Sara – Jul 05, 2010

Matt, thanks for your crazy nice comment (even if my mother made you say it.)

Claire King – Jul 01, 2010

Matt, Many thanks for reading and commenting on 'Flash'. I've been busy with day job but I just went back and edited it at last. Now have a break so looking forward to reading your pieces very soon. Cheers,

Jerry Ratch – Jun 30, 2010

Thank you, Matt!

Cherise Wolas – Jun 29, 2010

Matt, thank you for such high praise for Lake Chelan. So thrilled it resonated for you!

Doug Bond – Jun 23, 2010

Matt, thank you for reading Tea w/Mrs. Doyle and for encouragement to reprise the characters...i've got a rough draft on another story...started to feel like chapters, so maybe's there's something there. Your "About Me" is a great story too!

Matthew A. Hamilton – Jun 13, 2010

Glad you enjoyed Tarawa. Thank you for reading.

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 16, 2010

Glad you liked Caning. Thanks.

Michael J. Solender – May 16, 2010

Thx Matt for enjoying my cookout!

Matthew A. Hamilton – May 07, 2010

Thank you for reading and commenting on La Tomatina. Glad you enjoyed it.

Matthew A. Hamilton – Apr 18, 2010

Thanks for reading and commenting on The Knocker. Glad you enjoyed it. Read your bio. Very interesting. I thought about being a screenwriter, but never got the opportunity. Partly my fault. I could never settle down anywhere. That's changing, though. I'm working on my MFA next year and really psyched about it. And hopefully I'll try living in a place longer than 2 years at a time.

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