Matthew Johnson


Greensboro, NC

Author's Bio

Matthew is the author of the poetry collection, Shadow Folk and Soul Songs, published by Kelsay Books.

Among selected journals, Matthew's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Jerry Jazz Musician, The Roanoke Review, The Sport Literate, Maudlin House, The Westchester Review, Kissing Dynamite Poetry,  Twin Bill, The New Southern Fugitives, The Maryland Literary Review, and NY Quarterly. Formerly a sports journalist and editor, he has written for The Carolinian, Fansided, The Daily Star (Oneonta, NY), and the USA Today College, and has been a contributor on radio (WUAG 103.1). 

A native of Westchester County in New York and raised in southern Connecticut, he now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, after earning his MA in English from UNC-Greensboro. 

Publications & Prizes

Shadow Folk and Soul Songs (Kelsay Books, 2019)
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Jerry Jazz Musician
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Plum Tree Tavern
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Sport Literate
Yellow Chair Review
Prizes won: 

2017 Best of the Net Nominee (nominated by The Roanoke Review)

Nominee in The Sport Literate's "Fight Contest"

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Carl Sandburg, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Toni Morrison, Herman Melville, Ralph Ellison, Jean Toomer, Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Dan Gutman, Kevin Young, Nikki Giovani, Sonia Sanchez, August Wilson, Karen Hesse, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Jane Leavy.
What I'm reading now: 
Complete Poems by Claude McKay

More Information

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Born in: 
New Rochelle, NY
New York
Raised in: 
Stratford, CT
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Last update: Mar 15, 2021