Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Director, Creative Writing, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novel "Scrapper" a Michigan Notable Book for
2016. His previous novel, "In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods,"; was a
finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year
Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author
of two collections of fiction and a non-fiction book about the classic video game "Baldur’s Gate
II." His most story collection, "A Tree or a Person or a Wall," was published in fall 2016.
His stories have been published in magazines such as Tin House, American Short
Fiction, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, Ninth Letter, Unstuck, Fairy Tale
Review, Guernica, and Hobart, as well as anthologies including Best American Mystery Stories
and Best American Fantasy. His poems have appeared in Salt Hill, Spork, Barn Owl Review,
Waxwing, Tupelo Quarterly, and Big Lucks, among other venues.
Bell has written book criticism and coverage for The New York Times Book Review, The Los
Angeles Times, The Believer, PEN America, Rain Taxi, American Book Review, The Quarterly
Conversation, and The Brooklyn Rail. He is the former senior editor of Dzanc Books and was the
founding editor of The Collagist, an online literary journal.
Bell earned his MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University. He has taught
writing at Northern Michigan University and the University of Michigan. He is currently an
Associate Professor of Fiction in Arizona State University's creative writing program.
- MA, Fine Arts, Bowling Green State University, 2010
- BA, Oakland University, 2006