Bondurant, Matt

Assistant Professor

Office:  JO 5.104

Web Site: http://www.mattbondurant.com

Areas of Specialization:  Fiction and Poetry Writing, Contemporary Fiction, Postmodern Fiction, The History of the Novel, 19th Century American Literature, Romanticism, Shakespeare

Education: BA English, James Madison University (1993)
MA English, James Madison University (1998)
PhD English and Creative Writing, Florida State University (2003)

Matt Bondurant's first novel The Third Translation (Hyperion 2005) was an international bestseller, translated into 14 languages worldwide. His second novel The Wettest County in the World (Scribner 20008) was a New York Times Editor's Pick, a San Francisco Chronicle Best 50 Books of the Year, and was featured in Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, and Men's Journal.

Matt's short fiction has been published in journals such as Prairie Schooner, The New England Review, and Glimmer Train, among others, and in 2008 he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has recently appeared in Ninth Letter, The Notre Dame Review, and other journals, as well as anthologized in Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, the most widely adopted creative writing text in America. His reviews and essays have appeared in journals such as The Southeast Review and The Northern Virginia Review.

He has presented scholarly work at The Philological Association of the Carolinas, The Group For Early Modern Cultural Studies, AWP, The National Creative Writing Conference, and The Madison Conference on English Studies, focusing on topics such as Postmodern African Novelists, The Fiction Workshop Model, and Jane Austen. He has been a featured speaker or reader at dozens of literary festivals, workshops, and conferences, and he currently leads the Moby Dick Book Club for the Dallas Opera.

A Bread Loaf waiter and staff member, Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State, and Walter E. Dakin Fellow at Sewanee, Matt has recently held residencies at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. He has appeared on various media outlets, including Radio France, NPR, and The Discovery Chanel, and has served as an editor on numerous literary journals. In the past he worked for the Associated Press, NPR, and The British Museum.