Mathieu Cailler

Poet, Fiction Writer

Los Angeles, CA

Author's Bio

Mathieu Cailler is a multi-award-winning writer of poetry, fiction, essays, and children's books. His work has been widely featured in numerous national and international publications, including PANK, The Saturday Evening Post, and the Los Angeles Times. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he is the author of the short-story collection, Loss Angeles (Short Story America Press); the poetry collections, May I Have This Dance? (About Editions) and Catacombs of the Heart (Spartan Press); and the children’s books, The (Underappreciated) Life of Humphrey Hawley (About Editions) and Hi, I’m Night (Olympia). His debut novel and most recently published book, Heaven and Other Zip Codes (Open Books), was named the winner of the 2021 Los Angeles Book Festival Prize for romance. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Christine. 

Publications & Prizes


American Fiction Volume 13 (New Rivers Press, 2014)
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Burrow Press Review
Saturday Evening Post
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Catacombs of the Heart (Spartan Press, 2020)
Bluebird Word
Dillydoun Review
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Rise Up Review
Prizes won: 

2023 Winner for Best Microfiction, 2021 Winner of the Los Angeles Book Festival Prize for Romance, 2017 Winner of the New England Book Festival Prize for Poetry, 2012 Winner of the Short Story America Prize

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Lucille Clifton, Saki, Grace Paley, David Hume, Ernest Hemingway, Ha Jin, Donald Quist, Kali VanBaale, Raymond Carver, Laurie Alberts, T.D. Johnston, Sophfronia Scott, Gary Paulsen, Gary Soto.
What I'm reading now: 
Dispatches by Richard Jackson

More Information

Gives readings: 
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Identifies as: 
Franco American
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Fluent in: 
English, French, Spanish
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Last update: Feb 17, 2023