Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In the Circus of You by Nicelle Davis and Cheryl Gross

New review over at Glint.

"The speaker of the poems is drawn to freaks because their oddity is on the outside, like, for example, the Camel Girl, the Rubber Boy, and the last of the split-tailed mermaids, among many others. The protagonist’s peculiarity, on the other hand, is internal and is looking for a way to express itself outwardly. It seems to me that what she is doing is trying to reclaim her identity in the way the freaks seem to have done. When discussing the Camel Girl, for example, she says, 'More than any, she holds me accountable for staring . . . no matter how I’ve been called an animal, I’ve never had to fight a camera for human recognition that I am of their kind.' Davis’s main character attempts throughout the collection to take ownership of herself, to lay claim to her body and her bones in the wake of the dissolution of her marriage to her childhood sweetheart."

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Upcoming Readings and Events: 2015-2016

December 13, 2015
Poems While You Wait
Dose Market
Morgan Manufacturing
401 N. Morgan, Chicago, IL 

January 31, 2016
Poems While You Wait
Randolph Street Market
1350 W. Randolph St, Chicago, IL

February 5, 2016
Logan's Run Reading Series
Logan Square
Chicago, IL

March 19, 2016
Racine Public Library
75 Seventh Street
Racine, WI 53403

April 30, 2016
Slash Pine Writers Festival
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

New Micro-review of Most Human Human Contest

Check out Irene Marques's review at American Micro-reviews & Interviews.

"We may appear as brutes by day in order to survive in the world we live in, but at night, behind the dark curtains of the stage or in a sudden movement and dance of the body, we reveal our existential yearning, when the spirit is allowed to speak and exit the walls of the body-material that cuts, dissects and reduces. It is in this interval that beingness is, and we become the “most human human,” suspending the force of gravity and evading the chains that want to make us small."

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

It's Finally Here!

Order your copy of the anthology I co-edited with Luis Gonçalves over at Boavista Press.

This anthology brings together fiction, poetry, recipes, and memoirs by some of the best Portuguese-Canadian and Portuguese-American writers to narrate the Portuguese Diasporic experience in North America. These works focus on lived experiences, shared spaces and the ethnic identity through which this distinctive culture is lived in the United States of America and Canada, both of which have long been home to significant and vibrant Portuguese communities that arrived roughly in the same waves of migration.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Review of Failure Lyric

I review Kristina Marie Darling's Failure Lyric at Word Riot.


"Darling usually works so hard, in my opinion, to find ways to conquer the silence, to overcome the negating power of loss, but in these poems the protagonist is often described as being unable to speak. “I tried to kiss you, but my mouth was frozen shut” and “Even in / the midst of violence, she finds herself unable to speak” are but two examples. Failure Lyric brazenly embraces failure, as the title suggests, but it does not pretend to find enlightenment or solace where there is none."

Thursday, October 15, 2015

In the Grip of a Name: New MMA Pieces

Check out 3 more MMA essays over at More Than Sports Talk


Of course, one must not fall for the lie that size doesn’t matter because it definitely does, and you don’t want to find out too late that a two hundred-pound brick-fisted opponent might as well be two hundred pounds of brick.

If you like these, here are four more also at More Than Sports Talk

New Review at Boston Review

I review Noah Eli Gordon's The Word Kingdom in the Word Kingdom at Boston Review.


"These poems are not playing games. Rather, they are attempting, without becoming precious or overly self-serious, to be sincere: “If I were to say, ‘The only thing inside a muffin / is muffin,’ I would certainly mean it."

Monday, September 7, 2015

New Poetry from the Midwest

Pick up your own copy of New Poetry from the Midwest Anthology!

Check out my poem "Honey," which was selected by Lee Ann Roripaugh for the Heartland Poetry Prize.

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

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Review at Pank

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


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.

"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."

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New Review of Loon & Fiasco

Check out Lissa Kiernan's charming and insightful review of The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco at Arsenic Lobster!

And why shouldn’t he? A Shakespeare for the binary set, Johnny certainly knows how to woo a dame. Even when he bombs, it’s a glorious nose-dive, like that time Linda told him that “a prospective mate would have to know all the words to R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It,” and he “…failed the shibboleth, and his head was lopped off and thrown into the river to bob gently, just breaking the water’s tension.”

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reading at Rhino Release Party

Some Pics from Rhino 2015 Release Party

Reading my poem, "Émilie du Châtelet"

The least of her accomplishments
was that she took a few turns with Voltaire,
which is like starting a sentence with
“No offense but” or “You know who you remind me of?”

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review of Requited

I review Kristina Marie Darling's Requited at Drunken Boat.

"The way out, of course, is always simple; it’s the way back in that is challenging like the walled garden of Milton’s paradise protected by warlike archangels with flaming swords. Milton’s couple walks hand-in-hand east of Eden, but for Darling’s couple to find their way out, they must simply break their grip and make the climb alone."

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Take my Poetry Workshop This August!

Writing the Moment
Have you ever thought, “This is one of the most important moments in my life” and lamented that you could find no way to leave a record of it or to share the feeling with those you were experiencing the moment with? Have you ever wished you could write an engaging poem to celebrate an important life event or occasion: the end of summer, a sudden break-up, a graduation, a death?

In this workshop, we’ll be writing poems for specific occasions, poems that are meant to serve the needs of the moment however we choose to define it. Participants in this workshop will experiment with different types of occasional poem like odes, epithalamia, dirges, paeans, epistles and ekphrastic poems.

We will also explore the ways in which an occasional poem can be shaped by media and the immediate access to an audience it can provide over email, twitter, text, or on Facebook.

We will be reading poems by Pindar, John Keats, Ed Madden, Lynne Bryer, Lucille Clifton, Brenda Shaughnessy and Robert Graves, among others.

Click Here to Sign Up
Class size: 10
Dates: August 3-30, 2015
Regular Price: $175
Early bird price: $150

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Review of Banned for Life

Read my review of Arlene Ang's new book at Cleaver Magazine.


"Two late poems, “Behind the Locked Door” and “After the Flood,” are of particular interest because they allude to the Book of Enoch—an apocryphal text found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. In “Behind the Locked Door,” for example, the mother figure references the archangel Azazel, who, according to 1 Book of Enoch, was a member of a rebellious group of angels called the Watchers who came to earth, copulated with mortal women and gave birth to the raging giants, the Nephilim"

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

First Review of Loon & Fiasco

Check out Kristina Marie Darling's review at AMRI


"The poems in this collection transition seamlessly between deeply personal prose reflections on "parents," "translations," and an ethereal "past," and forms derived from the most pragmatic of technologies. Matos's skillful pairing of traditional and found literary forms suggests the myriad ways that technology helps us see the boundaries of what can be considered human more clearly"

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Poems While You Wait

Daniela Olszewska, Shane Zimmer, & me

PMYW last night at the Between Friends Bubble Ball Fundraiser in support of building a community without domestic violence.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Friday, January 16, 2015

My Review of Post Subject: A Fable in Tupelo Quarterly's Inaugural Reviews Page

"Post Subject is a sweeping opera of a book, which might be an odd way of characterizing a book that wants to be, as we said earlier, a catalogue, but it is true nonetheless. Its scale is its strength but also its challenge. To help ground us in the text, de la Paz gives us the Artist and her son—two important characters that provide a counter-example to the Empire and its cronies—but, to be honest, I found the most meaning hidden away in the one poem about the stevedore: “Though she is lovely, she has the worth of poetry . . . She will flash a knife at you, pulled from her boot, as you try touch her red hair.” Poetry’s ability to affect change might be small, but it is always sharp and always dangerous." Click Here For More