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The Quitters
Tortoise Books

This hard-hitting collection of creative essays explores the beauty and pain embedded in some of our favorite rough-and-tumble pastimes--roller derby, mixed martial arts, and teaching. Carlo Matos ties it all together with gusto, in a book that will send you reeling to the canvas again and again, and make you return every time for more.

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It's Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments
Negative Capability Press

It’s Best Not to Interrupt Her Experiments consists of a series of poems featuring women—some fictional, some nonfictional. There are bounty hunters, Battle Bots champs, werewolves, homunculi, escape artists, archers, and CIA bagwomen. Even Lucy, now an adult, attempts to come to terms with her systematic torturing of her childhood pal, Charlie Brown, and wonders why she never let him kick that football. And, of course, there are the scientists: Lise Meitner, Jane Goodall, Emilie du Chatelet, Mary Anning, and Caroline Herschel, to name a few. These are women who treat life as an experiment, who test their hypotheses carefully, who marvel at the often profound gap between theory and practice, and who conclude, finally, that a “blunderbuss or a bonefire /was no way to describe loving/the universe.”--Portuguese-American Journal

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The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco
Mayapple Press

The secret’s out: Carlo Matos’ first novella The Secret Correspondence of Loon & Fiasco is just as charming and riveting as advertised . . . the essence of the story lies in the flash-fictive compositions braided in-between transcripts of Johnny and ALICE’s tête-à-têtes (excerpts, btw, culled from the author’s actual chat sessions with the chatbot of the same name.) Just when we think their cyber-relationship might launch (“Meet me on a heathered mountain,” ALICE types to Johnny), Linda sends up a flare.--Arsenic Lobster

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Big Bad Asterisk*
BlazeVOX [books]

In Carlo Matos's stunning third book of poetry, Big Bad Asterisk*, readers will find "science projects," Jeopardy matches, and "the blood of princes." It is Matos's ability to seamlessly weave together vastly different points of view that makes his work so compelling. Presented as an ongoing series of annotated prose pieces, much of the work in this formally inventive collection reads as a conversation between different characters, as well as a dialogue between different facets of consciousness.--Iowa Review

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Ibsen's Foreign Contagion: Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Wing Pinero and Modernism on the London Stage, 1890-1900
Academica Press

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.--Upstage

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Counting Sheep Till Doomsday
BlazeVOX [books]

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? Amidst all of this, what is the purpose of violence? As the book unfolds, answers to these questions multiply, suggesting the impossibility of claiming such knowledge.--Boston Review

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A School for Fishermen
BrickHouse Books

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.--Portuguese-American Journal

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Most Human Human Contest
Slash Pine Press

Carlo Matos's stunning new chapbook, Most Human Human Contest, reads as an exploration of violence and containment. Presented in dense prose blocks, the poems depict a speaker's life as a cage fighter, offering readers a graceful matching of form and content all the while. Just as aggression, fear, and conflict are held within the seemingly small space of the fighters' cage, these neatly presented paragraphs contain worlds within them. --American Microreviews and Interviews

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Writers of the Portuguese Diaspora in the United States & Canada
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. --Editor's note

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  1. I read that as "profligacy." I was about to be offended. LOL. I'm not prolific; I'm on the run.