About Matt

Hi. Welcome to truce. This litblog focuses mainly on fiction, works in translation, and interviews with other literary critics.

This is also my author site. My bio is below. The drop-down menus above lead to samples of my work. Thanks for visiting truce!

Email:   matt.j.jakubowski at gmail dot com

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About Matthew Jakubowski
I am a rather tall writer from Virginia. I’ve lived in West Philadelphia since 2008.

My short stories, book reviews, and interviews have appeared in more than 50 publications worldwide. A short list of them includes: The Brooklyn Rail, Music and Literature, gorse, 3:AM Magazine, Full Stop, The Paris Review Daily, Kirkus Reviews, The Kenyon Review Online, Bookforum, Textshop Experiments, and The Millions. I am at work on several novels and short stories, pretty much all the time.

I was raised in the United States, Germany, and Australia, and earned my bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and my master’s in fiction from 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. 

I’ve also been very active over time as a literary event host, panelist for literary awards, and reader for small presses. With author Christine Kendall, I co-hosted and curated the Cannery Reading Series and Open Mic in West Philadelphia from 2018 to 2021. We featured local novelists, short story writers, translators, playwrights, and journalists, and in 2019 the series earned a Best of Philly honor from Philadelphia Magazine. I served as a panelist for the 2021 National Endowment for the Arts fellowships for literary translation. I was a reader for the independent publisher Rescue Press, serving as part of the team that published Andrea Lawlor’s celebrated novel, Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, in 2017. I also served twice as a fiction judge for the Best Translated Book Award given by Three Percent at the University of Rochester. I was interviews editor from 2013 – 2015 for the translation journal Asymptote, where I had the privilege of editing pieces by Anne Carson and Valeria Luiselli. In 2014, I was awarded a 3QD Arts & Literature Prize judged by novelist Mohsin Hamid. I’m a contributing editor at The Critical Flame and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. My work as a critic focused on gender equity has been covered by The Guardian UK.

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.