About Matt

Welcome to truce, a litblog mostly about experimental fiction, literature in translation, and interviews with literary critics.

There’s a short bio about me below the photo, and menu links above to samples of my fiction and nonfiction. Thanks for visiting truce.


About Matthew Jakubowski
I am a rather tall writer of short stories and nonfiction. I’ve lived in West Philadelphia since 2008 and am married with two children.

My work has been published widely, in venues such as The Brooklyn Rail, Music and Literature, gorse, 3:AM Magazine, Full Stop, The Paris Review Daily, Kirkus Reviews, The Kenyon Review Online, Bookforum, Berfrois, Great Jones Street, Black Sun Lit, Corium, and The Millions.

I co-host a prose reading series at the Dock Street Cannery in West Philly, am a contributing editor at The Critical Flame, and have served twice as fiction judge for the Best Translated Book Award. I am a former editor for the translation journal Asymptote and was awarded a 3QD Arts & Literature Prize in 2014, judged by novelist Mohsin Hamid. I’m also a member of the National Book Critics Circle. My work as a critic focused on writing by women has been covered by The Guardian UK.

I was raised in the U.S., Germany, and Australia, and earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. During my writing career I’ve worked as a cook, waiter, maintenance man, office temp, bartender, arts journalist, technical writer, and corporate copy editor.

Praise for my writing
“A brief flickering of something that brings to mind Pale Fire, this text about a text about a text about a text is magical and wise. It shimmers.”

—Mohsin Hamid, commenting on my experimental review “Honest Work” in his judge’s statement for the 3 Quarks Daily Arts and Literature Prize.