Integrated Search Menu

Matthew Bell

Director of Creative Writing, Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1401
Biography

Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novel "Scrapper," a Michigan Notable Book for 2016. His previous novel, "In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods," was a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author of two collections of fiction and a non-fiction book about the classic video game "Baldur’s Gate II." His story collection, "A Tree or a Person or a Wall," debuted fall 2016.

His stories have been published in magazines such as Tin House, American Short Fiction, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, Ninth Letter, Unstuck, Fairy Tale Review, Guernica, and Hobart, as well as anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories and Best American Fantasy. His poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Spork, Barn Owl Review, Waxwing, Tupelo Quarterly, and Big Lucks, among other venues.

Bell has written book criticism and coverage for The New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Believer, PEN America, Rain Taxi, American Book Review, The Quarterly Conversation, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is the former senior editor of Dzanc Books and the founding editor of The Collagist, an online literary journal.

Bell earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He has taught writing at Northern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. He is currently an Associate Professor of Fiction in Arizona State University's creative writing program.

Education
  • M.F.A. Bowling Green State University 2010
  • B.A. Oakland University 2006
Publications

Novels

Scrapper. Soho Press, 2015.
In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods. Soho Press, 2013.

Short Story Collections

A Tree or a Person or a Wall. Soho Press, 2016.
Cataclysm Baby. Mudluscious Press, 2012.
How They Were Found. Keyhole Press, 2010.

Non-Fiction

Baldur's Gate II. Boss Fight Books, 2015.

Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 394Special Topics
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 584Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 488Advanced Workshop Fiction
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 598Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 498Pro-Seminar
ENG 538Studies Mod/Contemp Amer Lit
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 584Internship
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 288Beginning Workshop Fiction
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 584Internship
ENG 593Applied Project
ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 498Pro-Seminar
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 584Internship
ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 388Intermediate Workshop Fiction
ENG 580Practicum
ENG 584Internship
ENG 665Creative Methods
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 388Intermediate Workshop Fiction
ENG 538Studies Mod/Contemp Amer Lit