Wednesday, July 15, 2015

New Flash Nonfiction

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



















Excerpt:

"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.


























Excerpt:
"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

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Review at Pank

Check out a new review of Loon & Fiasco by Michael Colson at Pank.






















Excerpt:

As time’s trajectory flip-flops, Johnny struggles to maintain a sense of personal identity as recurring memories of childhood play hide-and-seek with him. He’s lost a wife and that loss is emblematic of a hapless upbringing filled with poverty and blue-collar regrets. He constantly recollects time’s shattered windows, signifying the deferred dreams and wasted opportunities that often mark the multivalent tragedies of uneventful suburban living.

Monday, May 4, 2015

I Review Fifteen Dogs by Andre Alexis

Review of Fifteen Dogs at Tupelo Quarterly.


























Excerpt:
"One of the book’s major thematic concerns is the reactionary instinct—the sometimes violent resistance to the forward march of time. Alexis is clearly satirizing the disturbing rise of anti-intellectualism in North America, the destructive and largely futile attempt by a certain portion of the populace to unknow, to return to a past that is no longer relevant or even possible."