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Matthew Pitt

2023 Writer-in-Residence Announced

The museum announced its 2023 Writer-in-Residence this week, Matthew Pitt of Fort Worth, Texas. The residency is made possible by an underwriting sponsorship by Piggott State Bank.

Raised in St. Louis, Pitt previously worked in Los Angeles on a sitcom, New York City as an editor, and Massachusetts as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle. These days, he operates as an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at TCU, in Ft. Worth. He also serves as Editor of the literary journal descant, and Contributing Editor for West Branch.

While Writer-in-Residence, Matt will complete edits on The Be-Everything! Brothers, a novella due out at the end of 2023. He is the author of two prior short fiction collections: These Are Our Demands, a Midwest Book Award winner; and Attention Please Now, winner of the Autumn House Prize and a Writers’ League of Texas Book Award finalist. Individual stories have appeared in dozens of magazines, journals, and anthologies, including Oxford American, The Southern Review, Cincinnati Review, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Southern Humanities Review, Epoch and Best New American Voices. His work has been cited in “Best of” annual anthologies, and won honors and awards from The New York Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mississippi Arts Commission, Bronx Arts Council, Inkwell, Missouri Review, Salem College Center for Women Writers, and Bread Loaf, Sewanee and Taos Writers’ Conferences.

Matt will also work on a new novel, and his next collection, Unusual Poisons. National Book Award finalist Brandon Hobson recently selected this work-in-progress for a 2023-24 Everett Southwest Literary Award. One story was honored by The Saturday Evening Post. Another was winner of the Crab Orchard Review Grand Prize in Fiction, while a third received the William Faulkner Society Short Story Award, judged by author John Biguenet. Other stories in the collection have appeared in Blackbird, BOMB, Story, and an issue of Michigan Quarterly Review themed around Persecution, guest edited by Reginald Dwayne Betts. The residency will allow Pitt the opportunity to live and work in the community of Piggott for a month, sharing his knowledge and experience with local writers and working on his own writings.  A more detailed schedule of the residency will be available later in the year.

Applications for 2019 Writer-in-Residence Now Being Accepted

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggott, Arkansas, is pleased to announce its 2019 writer-in-residence position.  The residency will be for the month of June 2019 and includes lodging at a beautiful loft apartment on the downtown square in Piggott over the City Market coffee shop.  The writer-in-residence will also have the opportunity to work in the studio where Ernest Hemingway worked on A Farewell to Arms during an extended stay with his wife’s family in 1928.  The residency includes a $1000 stipend to help cover food and transportation.

The writer-in-residence will be expected to serve as mentor for a week-long retreat for writers at the educational center.  This retreat will be held June 10-14 and will be open to 12-14 writers from the region.  The recipient will be expected to hold one or two readings of his/her own work in the region.  The remainder of the month will be free to the writer-in-residence to work on his/her own work.

Candidates with an MA or MFA in a relevant field are preferred.  Please send a cover letter, CV, and writing sample to Dr. Adam Long at adamlong@astate.edu by Feb. 28, 2019.  Questions can also be directed to Dr. Long.

The Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site, contributes to the understanding of the regional, national and global history of the 1920s and 1930s eras by focusing on the internationally connected Pfeiffer family of Piggott, Arkansas, and their son-in-law and regular guest Ernest Hemingway. This includes drawing on Hemingway’s influence as a noted American author to foster interest in literature and the arts and promote excellence in both.