Tuesday, December 17, 2013

New Review at Pank!

Check out my review of Milli Accardi's forthcoming book at Pank


"Her connection to her father—like the secrets of music, the vagaries of love, and the horrors of history—is cleaved to a language that resists its own transmission, leaving only a few arcane phrases to conjure with."

Friday, December 13, 2013

Books for X-Mas

Looking for a good book for X-Mas or New Year's?  Try one of these!

"Remember, when you “gift” these items, you’ll not only be thanking writers and artists for their important creative work, you’ll also help expand our community by putting books in the hands of potential new friends, scholars, students and readers." --Millicent Borges Accardi at Portuguese American Journal

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Poem at Jet Fuel Review

Like werewolves? Check out my new poem at Jet Fuel Review

"He’s a werewolf, to be sure, but not the good kind, just a regular guy who happens to belong in extremis."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

New Interview at Paper Tape Magazine

Kristy Harding chats with me about my new manuscript, The Secret Correspondence of Loon and Fiasco at Paper Tape.

"After our very first encounter, the idea for Loon and Fiasco came to me. I realized how easy it would be for someone in the right frame of mind to come to depend on ALICE, maybe even fall in love with her. Why not? It didn’t seem all that different from chatroom or MMORPG romance."

Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Poems at Menacing Hedge

Check Out the First Three Poems of My Experiment Series Over at Menacing Hedge


Charlie Brown was the tiny, bigheaded 
center of their world. 
Without him, there were no orbits. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"Fletching" at Atticus Review

For those of you who like archery and flash nonfiction, check out my new piece at Atticus Review

"When you carry a bow, everyone wants to sit next to you, especially on a train"

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Upcoming Readings 2013-2104

Mini East Coast Tour:

Brown University
Thursday, November 14th
Reading: 6:00
Location: Chrystal Room (Pembroke Campus)

Rhode Island College
Thursday, November 14th
10:00-12:00; 2:00-4:00 
*Not open to the public

UMass Dartmouth
Friday, November 15th
Reading: 5:30
Location: Portuguese-American Archive Library

AWP Seattle:

Beyond Pessoa, the New Landscape of Portuguese-American Literature
Saturday, March 1
Room 608 (Washington State Convention Center, Level 6)
In recent years there has been a surge in the visibility of Portuguese-American literature. From early immigrant tales of fishermen, whalers, carpenters and factory workers, to modern day poetry and fiction about ethnicity, politics, and identity, this panel will discuss the landscape of Portuguese-American writing in the 21st century.

Panelists are PaulA Neves, Amy Sayre Baptsta, Carlo Matos, Millicent Borges Accardi. Moderated by Luis Goncalves.

Offsite Kale Soup for the Soul Reading
PoetsWest Reading Series
Location: Green Lake Branch Library, 7364 East Green Lake Dr.
Time: 4:00pm
March 1st, 2014

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Kristina Darling Reviews Counting Sheep Till Doomsday at Boston Review

New Review of my second book at Boston Review.

"The prose poems in Carlo Matos’s second collection engage questions about the nature of free will: How does one discern fate from one’s choices? To what extent will one’s life be circumscribed by the actions of others?"
           --Kristina Marie Darling

Friday, September 6, 2013

Book Review of Paper Dreams

Check out my review of Paper Dreams at HTML Giant.

"Paper Dreams recounts over a century of literary magazine history in the United States through primary and secondary sources, ranging from editorial pronouncements by Ezra Pound (a nearly ubiquitous editorial presence early in the 20th century) to the savvy branding strategies of George Plimpton (The Paris Review’s luminous impresario) and beyond to the current renaissance of literary journals flourishing on the internet like PANK, Brevity, and The Rumpus."

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

New Flash at Cleaver Magazine

Read "Honey"! My New Flash at Cleaver Magazine

"She would never grow a mustache, for example, but, of course, now she really wanted one. She would never ride bikes under a blood sun elbowing down the horizon: a siphonophore with its chain of red bellies trawling the deepest sea."

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New Review of Big Bad Asterisk* by Kristina Marie Darling

Check out a new review of Big Bad Asterisk* at Iowa Review.


"Matos envisions writing as a practice in which hypotheses are tested, observations about the world are called into question, and eventually refined, perfected. It is through the presentation of multiple points of view, both in the world and within the self, that we come closer to the truth"  

Friday, August 2, 2013

Spotlight at Terra Nostra

I am spotlighted in today's Artes & Letras section in Terra Nostra.


Carlo Matos, born in the United States to parents from the parish of the Mosteiros in São Miguel, already plays a leading role in the new Luso-American poetry. A university professor in Chicago, his ancestral roots remain in his soul and give form and content to much of his work. Matos is now definitely an unavoidable name in our border-crossing literature.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Last Bordello Reading

Here are a few pics from the last Bordello event at Schubas:

Check out the rest of the pics over at Chicago Poetry Bordello

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Review of Darling's Petrarchan

Check out my new review of Kristina Marie Darling's Petrarchan (BlazeVOX) at Word Riot

Even more compelling, it appears this woman “was known to fabricate mementos. Her white armoire housed an assortment of disconcerting love tokens.” I am in love with this idea, not only because she fabricates mementos but that they are also in some way “disconcerting.” It’s the kind of moment one “whoops” over when reading a book of poems.

If you missed my previous review of Kristina Marie Darling's Melancholia: An Essay, check it out at the Rumpus.

These poets had access to classicism through its ruins only—the bits and pieces of a bygone but also longed-for era. It is the same interesting marriage of longing and loss that Darling captures in these poems and without ever giving in to our desire to know the whole story. She manages the trick by being faithful to two dictums: “To select and omit, as a poet would” (“noctuary, definition”) and “To name, as a historian would” (“melancholia, definition”).

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tombstone at Atticus Review

Check out my new flash piece, "Tombstone" over at Atticus Review.

“Tombstone,” the second of three flash pieces we’re running by Carlo Matos, churns rhythmically around the images of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday with typical flair. Matos’s work features a remarkable blend of swagger and humility.                              
                                                                              --Joseph Gross

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New Review of Gavea-Brown Anthology

Here's a wonderful new review of the Gavea-Brown Book of Portuguese-American Poetry by Kathi Stafford at the Portuguese American Journal.


"Carlo Matos is an Azorean-American who is both a playwright and a poet. His lovely poem, "Rooster," talks about a set for a puppet show. Here we find 'Mother’s clothesline, cold hands, theater lights/and over-garish sun/that came up an hour late today. /The mail was late, the neighbors were late as well' . . .The mother’s planning, the symbolism of the rooster in Portuguese heritage, and the detailed perspective all contribute to the surreal joy and gentle humor in the poem"

"Another poet who has been a successful writer as well as a superlative workshop leader is Millicent Borges Accardi . . . She reflects on her family’s move from the East to California, a move that has been undertaken by many others in the Portuguese community: 'We moved away from the humidity,/And the church and scrimshaw/And the New Bedford Streets filled/With dust./To build a better life for you,/In the land of Disneyland not cranberries/Or lobster or whaling.'"

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Magazine Cover

It's cool that a poet can still make the cover of a magazine.

Check out the companion interview by Millicent Accardi at This Magnificent Life

"Carlo Matos is a complex web of a writer, a man definitely living a magnificent life. He is a dichotomy of interests, talents and creativity. Born in Fall River, to a family from Sao Miguel island in the archipelago of the Azores, he grew up in Massachusetts before relocating to Chicago with his wife and young son, Alex, to teach English at Truman College. In person, he is a bundle of dynamic energy, a dark workhorse with a sincere heart of gold and one imagines him to be the first person called for any emergency."

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Next Reading July 27th

Come see me read in my plaid pants and yellow top hat!

Celebrate Florodora
with the best poetry whores in the Midwest!
Meredith Axelrod performing 1900s favorites!
Burlesque! Tarot! Silhouettes!

Upstairs Lounge at Schubas!
3159 N Southport, Chicago
8PM - Midnight

$5 if dressed Victorian. $10 if not

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ouroboros at Atticus Review

Check out my new flash piece at Atticus Review.

A comment by AR:

In "Ouroboros" the first of three shorts we’re running by Carlo Matos, he writes, “Getting lost all your life is exhausting and so uncool.” I can relate. But Matos’ coiling, electric work is anything but uncool. These brief imaginative pieces land somewhere between poetry and fiction, and you’ll be thrilled to get lost there with the gunslingers and landscaping gangs.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

New Review of my BlazeVOX Books

Jessica Dyer reviews Counting Sheep Till Doomsday and Big Bad Asterisk* at Arsenic Lobster.

I don’t know about you, but I love to read books that knock my socks off. Counting Sheep Till Doomsday and Big Bad Asterisk* both do that for me. I have a pile of windblown socks by my bed. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Portuguese Literary Critic, Vamberto Freitas reviews the Gavea-Brown Book of Portuguese-American Poetry

My friend and poet, Millicent Accardi and I are mentioned by name (as is Kale Soup for the Soul:"This new generation of writers and poets join {together} under the name "Kale Soup For The Soul" as if in a gesture of remembrance of cabbage soup of their grandparents, the smell of their real origins")

For those who read Portuguese, find review here.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

New Interview

Check out my new interview over at BlazeVOX.


If you had to convince a friend or colleague to read this book, what might you tell them?

I would tell them that the main female character is an MMA fighter who chokes out her estranged husband as a way of seducing him. I would mention that the book is loaded with Yeti, Grunge rockers, Ghostbusters, Azorean magic and the terrible sadness of a lost baby.

MA Poetry Festival in Salem

Come Hear Millicent Accardi, Brian Sousa, Nancy Vieira Couto and me read at the Peabody Essex Museum, Japanese Art Gallery

CARLO MATOS, born and raised in Fall River, is the author of Counting Sheep till Doomsday. (BlazeVOX, 2011), A School For Fishermen (BrickHouse Books, 2010), and Big Bad Asterisk (BlazeVox 2013).

Kale Soup for the Soul II
May 4 12:15-1:15pm
Kale Soup for the Soul II will feature four nationally-known Portuguese-American poets with strong ties to MA, reading poems about place, family, food, and Portuguese culture.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Luso-American/Canadian Anthology

Exciting News: 

I am co-editing a new book with Luis Gonçalves of Princeton University called, Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora in the United States and Canada: An Anthology. Check out our full guidelines.

“Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora in the United States and Canada: An Anthology” will be published later this year. For the purpose of the book, we identify writers of Portuguese descent as those writers from Portugal living in the United States and Canada (regardless of the length of time spent in country) and descendants of Portuguese immigrants. The editors are seeking new and exciting literary work by authors of Portuguese descent in the United States and Canada that explore the Portuguese migrant experience in all its various manifestations. This book is designed to acquaint English-speaking readers with representative literary works of Portuguese-Americans and Portuguese-Canadians writing in English or Portuguese (the latter works will be accompanied by English translations). Readers will be introduced to aspects of Portuguese-American and Portuguese-Canadian literatures and cultures in order to heighten their critical awareness and sensitivity to cultural nuances of the Portuguese Diaspora in the United States and Canada, which are too often ignored.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Troll Poem

Check out my tiny poem at Saudade Review!  It's about trolls.  Everybody loves trolls.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Three Poems at Kill Author

Take a listen to three prose poems I published a while back in one of my favorite lit journals, Kill Author (sadly now defunct).



Let’s posit you are a whale—a narwhal, say—who suddenly finds himself bound by surprisingly strong cordage, an unwilling participant of a whale fight—that is, a tourada.  Let’s assume a cause for this.  We’ll accept as a given that some virus, some parasite has weakened the native bull population so that they lack the strength to lash at a man dashing for their horns.  Since no large land animals exist on this island, the men and women seek a solution in the sea.  And since they are good Catholics, the leviathan (logically) bears the burden.  Whole villages are needed.  Festivals are organized.  Religious texts are altered.  It is all done to music and dancing.  Given this, could you be the one to angrily dive before they could cut their ropes, their naked little feet no match for your massive tail fins: a sequin here and there, a bit of brightly colored fabric making its way to the surface?  For although the whale is (by tradition) always allowed to live, the toreadors, on the other hand, work without the safety net since the danger has to be real, the deep truly deep, or the jokes in the shade trees will miss their marks. And if not, could you sleep knowing what you had done? 

--From Counting Sheep Till Doomsday

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Come Enjoy a Night of Mystery and Poetry

Chicago Poetry Bordello

A historic night of mischief and disguise awaits you.

Join the Chicago Poetry Bordello for Lundi Gras!
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
8pm to Midnight
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, Chicago

$5 if dressed Victorian. $10 if not.
Chopin has a CASH ONLY bar.

Live music by the White City Rippers & Jeff Levin on piano!
Burlesque beauties Baile Nouveau!
Plus hand cut silhouettes by Nina Nightingale!
AND AS ALWAYS, Chicago’s best Poetry Whores!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Story at Roadside Fiction

Check out my story, "Potholes/Pot Shots," about burritos and brawls at Roadside Fiction


All he wanted was a burrito. It looked like a road crew had managed to squeeze in just before him. And everyone knew what that meant. Each one came bearing a grubby list for every Joe who was carving up the road for some mysterious and arcane reason no one could ever seem to figure out. It clearly had nothing to do with potholes because those seemed impervious to all attempts at eradication. There was a kind of fatalism surrounding the pothole.

A glazed dead look would steal into their eyes if you tried to complain to a road worker about the condition of your street, how much you’ve spent on tires, the costly realignments. Of course, to be fair, they had nothing to do with what jobs got done. They were merely following orders like the rest of us. But what if there was, somewhere, a rogue road crew, who for the greater good of humanity, ignored their orders and went around filling in every pothole in sight?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

My First Book

A School for Fishermen

My first book in case you missed it.

Here's an excellent review by Jay Peters over at Portuguese American Journal.

An Excerpt:
"Fishing nets, dark matter, Fernando Pessoa: Matos deftly weaves all of these strands into a Portuguese-American story about the Dos Santoses, a family that emigrated from the Azores and is now caught in the tangled web of folk wisdom and scientific rationality that is commonly referred to as the struggle of American assimilation."

And if you read Portuguese, here's a great review by literary critic, Vamberto Freitas.

An Excerpt:
"Cada verso de Carlo Matos surpreende-nos com o inesperado, dizendo simplesmente e sem aviso o contrário do que esperávamos, como quem já lê pensando que nada mais de novo nos espera. Isso é a literatura no seu melhor: o espelho que tudo distorce sem nunca “mentir” sobre a essência do que nele se reflecte. Cada um aqui – como nós todos, mesmo que inconscientemente – está demasiadamente repartido para se perceber inteiro."

Upcoming Readings

Chicago Poetry Bordello

A historic night of mischief and disguise awaits you.

Join the Chicago Poetry Bordello for Lundi Gras!
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013
8pm to Midnight
Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, Chicago

$5 if dressed Victorian. $10 if not.
Chopin has a CASH ONLY bar.

Live music by the White City Rippers & Jeff Levin on piano!
Burlesque beauties Baile Nouveau!
Plus hand cut silhouettes by Nina Nightingale!
AND AS ALWAYS, Chicago’s best Poetry Whores!

Kale Soup for the Soul II 
Writers reading work about family, food, Portuguese culture and more!

AWP Offsite Event

6:30pm, Thursday March 7th, 2013

Tony John Roma
Millicent Borges Accardi
Paula Neves
Amy Sayre
Carlo Matos
Linette Escobar
Lara Gularte
Nancy Vieira Couto
Brian Sousa
Luis Gonçalves, Moderator

Kindly hosted by the Portuguese Consulate

Massachusetts Poetry Festival

Salem, Massachusetts
May 3-5, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Recent interviews about my work

by Millicent Borges Accardi

Poets' Quarterly

By Michael Colson

Portuguese American Journal

About the Chicago Poetry Bordello

Chicago Sun-Times

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

New Poetry Anthology

I am very happy to be included in a new anthology of Portuguese-American poetry from Gavea-Brown Publications at Brown University called, The Gavea-Brown Book of Portuguese American Poetry.

Review of Counting Sheep Till Doomsday

Here's a new review of my second book of poems, Counting Sheep Till Doomsday, at Conium Review.

An Excerpt:

"This genuinely funny book imagines many gulp-laden takes on a planet seeded by Nervous Nellies, fatalists and rioting pachyderms. In such a world, Mr. Potato Head does not turn out to be the best consigliere for confession (an ear might just be delivered to your door); nor can caste systems ever be bucked by normal reindeer over reindeer who fly."
--review by Michele Merens


Review of my Ibsen Book

Check out a new review of my scholarly book, Ibsen's Foreign Contagion, by Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Stanford University, at UpStage.

An excerpt:

"Carlo Matos’s new study does not focus on Ibsen, Pinero, or stage modernism per se, as the title would suggest, but rather on the reception of these authors in the late-Victorian press and specifically the reviewers’ striking use of metaphors of contagion and disease. Following the 1891 London premiere of Ibsen’s scandalous syphilis play Ghosts (discussed in chapter 2), Matos argues, the English reviewers - and later even Pinero and Jones themselves in some of their plays - strategically employed metaphors of disease and contagion to reject Ibsen as a dangerous foreign influence on English culture. While it is a well-known fact that Ibsen received a generally hostile press reception in England (Ibsen’s principal defenders Shaw, Archer, and Gosse found plenty to argue against, after all), Matos’s extended close readings of the English press reviews, and his argument that they can best be accessed through an awareness of the cultural role of actual contagious diseases like cholera and smallpox in the 19th century, are original contributions."

Monday, January 21, 2013

Big Bad Asterisk*

My new book, Big Bad Asterisk*, is available from BlazeVOX [books]:Purchase at Amazon.

Here's a wonderful review from Michael Colson (Porterville College) at the Portuguese American Journal.

Here's an excerpt:
"Something comes knocking in the Big Bad Asterisk, and if it’s not a bag of bones thudding against the closed door of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personas we meet in this prose poem novella, then it’s an asterisk interrupting a stream of thought with announcements of trivia from a TV game show.  Or it is the disturbing tattle of a goat sodomite, whose opinions hardly matter, and could very well be blotted out.  Of course, that’s the point."

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

The Next Big Thing: What is the working title of your book?

Carlo Matos: The book is called Big Bad Asterisk*. At first it was simply called Big Asterisk because of all the asterisks in the manuscript.  It was a lot of fun weaving the book together with footnotes.  On the one hand, the footnotes serve as connective tissue, coarsely tying piece to piece, but, on the other hand, they also bring the mess of the outside world to bear on the tidy little plot.  And, of course, my female protagonist is a real bad ass, a big bad ass if you will, so the title is also a play on words.

TNBT: Where did the idea come from for your book?

CM: I was thinking a lot about the nature of footnotes because I was reading Kristina Marie Darling’s book, Melancholia: (An Essay).  Our styles are very different, but we both love prose poems and footnotes.  This might be an effect of our scholarly interests, I’m not sure, but it has left an indelible mark on our work.  For me, the footnote is always a chance to break from the sometimes-predictable demands and desires of plot, and I think that is what I like best about them.  

TNBT: What genre does your book fall under?

CM: I’m not sure.  I think it’s a novella first and foremost.  Now whether it’s a novella in prose poems or in flash fiction, I can’t say for sure.  Ultimately it doesn’t really matter.  The point is to enjoy things in both their individual manifestations and as a whole.  That seems to serve the book best.

TNBT: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

CM: “He” would be played by Jared Harris because he can pull off ridiculous and deadly serious at the same time.  “She” would be played by Gina Carano because she is an awesome MMA fighter/kick boxer and a budding actress. 

TNBT: What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

CM: Are you married yet?  If not, come find me.

TNBT: How long did it take for you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

CM: It took about three to four months of feverish writing.  I was looking for a way to push what I had been doing in my previous book, Counting Sheep Till Doomsday (also from BlaxeVOX [books]) and I realized that plot might be the way to do it.  The pressures of plot and character development forced the prose poems to become even prosier and made me worry a lot about connective tissue.  There was a lot of chaos involved in the writing of this book, much more than there had been for my two previous books.

TNBT: What other books would you compare your book to within your genre?

CM: Oddly, the book that comes to mind is Sandra Cisneros’s novella The House on Mango Street. I wasn’t aware of this when I was working on it; it occurred to me only after. Cisneros calls Mango Street a novel but it often reads like a collection of linked short stories, and the little micro chapters look a lot like flash fiction or prose poems. I have been teaching this book in my developmental English classes at Truman College for years, and I think it managed to seep into my mind slowly, one chapter at a time.

TNBT: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you like Yeti, MMA, Eddie Vedder, Alex Trebek, Nelly Furtado, Atlantis, giant whale penises, and making out with blowfish, you might want to give Big Bad Asterisk* a read.

Blog Hop: Here’s who Carlo Matos tags and why:

CM: Millicent Borges Accardi because her first book Injuring Eternity was like reading the diary of a sister I never had.  I look forward to her next book, Only More So—forthcoming from Salmon Poetry.  

And Lina Ramona Vitkouskas because she is one of the most interesting language poets writing today, in my opinion.  She has a new book out, A Neon Tryst, from Shearsman Books.