About Matt

Welcome to truce, a litblog covering a range of things—from experimental fiction to literature in translation to interviews with literary critics.

There is a short bio below the photo, and menu links above take you to samples of my fiction and nonfiction. Thanks for visiting truce!

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

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

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

I am a contributing editor at The Critical Flame, and have served as a fiction judge for the Best Translated Book Award, and interviews editor for the translation journal Asymptote. 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.