Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I Review How to be Another

Check out my review of Susan Lewis's How to be Another at Cleaver Magazine.

"The juxtaposition of prose form and poetic extravagance has the added effect of slowing the pace down in this intriguing and beguiling collection, opening up a space for extended contemplation; that is, when we slow down to consider the lyric aspects of the prose poems, we resist the paragraph’s desire to draw conclusions."

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Flash Nonfiction

Check out four of my MMA essays over at More Than Sports Talk


"The real test of a fighter’s resolve happens back stage while waiting his turn. Some prefer to fight right away, others need the time to relax and focus. Usually I am openly and unabashedly almost dramatically nervous—so nervous my parents would call it “nerves,” a not-so-subtle euphemism for emotional instability"

Thursday, July 2, 2015

First Review of Most Human Human Contest

Kristina Marie Darling Reviews my Slash Pine book over at AMRI.

"Matos makes ambitious philosophical claims about the nature of violence with subtlety and wit. In many ways, he suggests that because aggression is neatly contained in such a way, there's no longer a risk that it will spiral out of control, since it is relegated to a controlled environment."

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sundress Academy for the Arts Residency

Holler Salon Reading Pics:

PaulA Neves, Amy Sayre and I

The house and my workspace.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Most Human Human Contest now available!

Great news! Get your copy today of my new chapbook of flash nonfiction essays titled, Most Human Human Contest. It is available from Slash Pine Press. You won't find a tougher chapbook out there.

"Most Human Human Contest is flash nonfiction that puts before your eyes, in capturing, touching and lively detail, and at times ironically, the materiality, bestiality and beauty of our lives—lives commanded by the need to be noticed and to win. Carlo Matos has created an enthralling narrative that mixes many lives and many “fighters” by using a wide range of “heroes” from ancient Greek mythology, contemporary pop culture, fairy tales, the world of boxers and wrestlers and even his Portuguese father who performs mechanical body work in an American factory day in and day out. Each of these “heroes” breaks the body in a dance that yearns to be noticed, to be taken as art even in the abuse the body endures in a society that exploits and limits the dreams of the mind and of the soul."

–Irene Marques, author of The Circular Incantation: An Exercise in Loss and Findings and My House is a Mansion