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About Me

John Matthew Fox's short story collection "I Will Shout Your Name" is forthcoming from Press 53 in November 2017. He has won the Shenandoah Fiction Award and the Third Coast Fiction Contest, and been a finalist for the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award.

His fiction has appeared in CrazyhorseShenandoahThird Coast, Arts and Letters, and Bellingham Review. He is currently working on a novel.

As far as critical essays, he’s written about books for the Los Angeles TimesThe Rumpus, Open Letters Monthly, and The Quarterly Conversation. He provides resources for writers at his blog Bookfox.

Stories

Quotes

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However else fiction functions, it fills you with the sound of crows chirping, alive alive alive. - Terrance Hayes

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“Art deliberately slows and complicates reading, hearing, and/or viewing so we can re-think and re-feel form and experience. Entertainment deliberately accelerates and simplifies them so we don’t have to think about or feel very much of anything at all.”  Lance Olsen

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Our job is to identify the distance between the story we've been telling ourselves about our lives—the received story, or the romantic story, or the wishful thinking—and replace it with the story that experience is revealing about our lives, the story that is more true. - Kyle Minor

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“Be a monk for your story. The monks know where power comes from.” - Frank Conroy

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“You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise, you’re merely imitating yourself, going nowhere because that’s always easiest.” - John Berryman

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“As anyone with the least knowledge of literature and writing will know, concealing what is shameful to you will never lead to anything of value. - Karl Ove Knausgaard

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“There’s a lot of writing about religion with a cold eye, but virtually none with a loving heart.” - Marilynne Robinson

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“Write love it or hate it stories. No one buys a book because there’s nothing wrong with it.” - Mike Meginnis

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Every great novel offers incomprehensible abundance in some form.” - Jane Smiley

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“The problem for readers like this is that they read for edification rather than salvation.” - Scott McClanahan

Contact Me

johnmattfox@gmail.com