About Matt

Welcome to truce. I blog mostly about literary things, from experimental fiction to literature in translation to interviews with literary critics.

You can read more about me and my work below. Thank you for visiting truce!

I am represented by Sarah Yake at the Frances Collin Agency.


About Matthew Jakubowski
I am a rather tall writer, editor, and literary critic based in West Philadelphia.

My short stories, essays, and book reviews appear regularly in various publications such as Numéro Cinq, Music and Literature, gorse, 3:AM Magazine, The Paris Review Daily, Fiddleblack, Kirkus Reviews, Kenyon Review Online, Bookforum online, Berfrois, Black Sun Lit, Corium, and The Millions.

I have served as a fiction judge for the Best Translated Book Award, a section editor for the literary translation journal Asymptote, and in 2014 I was awarded a 3QD Arts & Literature Prize, judged by novelist Mohsin Hamid. I’m also a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

I was raised in the U.S., Germany, and Australia and having survived that went on to study English and Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University. I’ve worked as a cook, waiter, maintenance man, office temp, bartender, copy editor, journalist, and technical writer. 

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.