About Matt

Hi. Welcome to truce, a litblog focused (mostly) on experimental fiction, literature in translation, and interviews with literary critics.

My bio is below and links in the drop-down menus above will take you to samples of my work. Thank you for visiting truce.

Email:   mattjakubowski at hotmail dot com


About Matthew Jakubowski
I am a rather tall writer from Virginia, based in West Philadelphia since 2008.

My short stories, reviews, and interviews have appeared in more than fifty literary journals and other publications, including The Brooklyn Rail, Music and Literature, gorse, 3:AM Magazine, Full Stop, The Paris Review Daily, Kirkus Reviews, The Kenyon Review Online, Bookforum, and The Millions.

I co-host a prose reading series at the Dock Street Cannery in West Philly, serve as 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. I am a working writer—with more than twenty years’ experience as a journalist, technical writer, and copy editor—and an artist-parent with two children. 

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.