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Matthew Blasi was born in Manhattan, raised in Florida, and spent a decade in Philadelphia before moving to Louisiana to complete his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. Along the way, he spent ten years as the frontman for a heavy metal band, worked a number of jobs including construction worker, bartender, and dog trainer before returning to school.


A two-time Pushcart nominee, Matthew has been publishing short fiction and creative nonfiction since 2006 and also publishes literary criticism and scholarship in peer-reviewed journals. Sweet Muffin Ranch is his first novel. Matthew lives and teaches in Shreveport, Louisiana and is working on a new novel, several new academic articles, a tabletop roleplaying game, and a EP of original rock music.

Matthew is an Assistant Professor of English at Centenary College of Louisiana.


Bachelor of Arts

University of Florida (2008)

Summa Cum Laude

Master of Fine Arts

Rutgers University Camden (2010)

Summa Cum Laude

Doctor of Philosophy

Louisiana State University (2023)

Research Interests

Matthew's broader field of research is American literature from 1865 to the present with special emphasis on contemporary fiction, literature of the U.S. South, Masculinity Studies, comedy, and narrative modes. He's dedicated to intersectional scholarship that explores cultural dissonance in American media.

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