James Mattson

Assistant Professor of English 


James Mattson


MFA - Iowa Writers' Workshop


 The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves, A Novel (Little A: December 2017)

Highlighted Publications

Inventing Myself in an AOL Chat Room, a personal essay in Electric Literature (March, 2018)

Writers Recommend Series, a micro-essay in Poets & Writers (February, 2018)

Sure, It Gets Better, But Don’t Tell 14-Year-Old Me to Wait, a personal essay in Lithub (January,


Guilt: My Adoption, My Grandmother, and the Stories She Tolda personal essay in Catapult

The Myth of the Male Orgasm, a short story in Forge (Spring, 2007)

Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing: Fiction

Creative Non-Fiction

Awards and Distinctions

Amazon Best Book of the Month

Amazon Literature and Fiction Pick

Publisher’s Lunch Bookseller Pick

Writer’s Bone Best Book of the Year

New York Post Required Reading

Amazon First Read

Audiofile Earphones Award

Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award

Lithub Feature, Best of the Literary Internet

Pushcart Prize Nomination 

In the Media

Radio interview, NPR

Radio interview, Aspen Public Radio 

Event Mention, San Francisco Examiner 

Interview, American Short Fiction 

Interview, Writer’s Digest 

Interview, Minorities in Publishing Podcast 

Review, Los Angeles Review of Books 

Review, Daily Iowan 

Event Mention, St. Paul Pioneer Press 

Event Mention, Minneapolis Star Tribune 

Review, Lambda Literary 

Review, Ploughshares

Mention, Chicago Tribune 

Interview, Author Stories Podcast 

Review, New York Post 

Review, Booklist 

Review, Kirkus Reviews 

Excerpt, Poets & Writers

Playlist, Largehearted Boy



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7C-6 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341