Currently, I am the Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and a faculty member in Interdisciplinary Studies at Plymouth State University. I have a PhD in English from the University of New Hampshire, and have published academic work in Woolf Studies Annual, English Journal, Science Fiction Film & Television, and elsewhere. Additionally, I have published essays and fiction with Conjunctions, One Story, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, etc., and I am the author of the book Blood: Stories which won the Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press.


B.A. English, University of New Hampshire 2001

M.A. Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College 2007

Ph.D. Literature, University of New Hampshire, 2018



Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form: Woolf, Delany, and Coetzee at the Limits of Fiction, Bloomsbury Academic, 2020.

Refereed Journal Articles

“The Reader Awakes: Pedagogical Form and Utopian Impulse in The Years”. Woolf Studies Annual, vol. 24, 2018.

Book Chapters

“How to Write and Gertrude Stein and How to Read”. Teaching Modernist Women Writers in English. Ed. Janine Utell. Modern Language Association. 2021.

“A Road Along the Shore: An Introduction to The American Shore”. The American Shore. By Samuel R. Delany. 1978. Rev. edition. Middletown: Wesleyan UP, 2014.

“Science Fiction and Difference: An Introduction to Starboard Wine”. Starboard Wine. By Samuel R. Delany. 1984. Rev. edition. Middletown: Wesleyan UP, 2012.

“Ethical Aesthetics: An Introduction to The Jewel-Hinged Jaw”. The Jewel-Hinged Jaw. By Samuel R. Delany. 1977. Rev. edition. Middletown: Wesleyan UP, 2011.

Journal Articles

“Expanding Vision: Teaching Haiku.” The English Journal 91.3, Teaching and Writing Poetry (2002): 79-83.

“Insights for Interns: Feeding the Emaciated Muse: Lessons from a First Year Teacher.” The English Journal 89.4 (2000): 26-30.

Academic Reviews

Rev. of The Zero Theorem, dir. Terry Gilliam. Science Fiction Film & Television, 8.3 (2015), 426-430.

Rev. of Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television by Douglas E. Cowan, 2001: A Space Odyssey by Peter Krämer, and Battlestar Galactica: Investigating Flesh, Spirit and Steel, edited by Roz Kaveney & Jennifer Stoy. Scope: An online journal of film and television studies 22 (2012). 79-88.

“’The Way We Name Things Is Important, Ma’: The Stories of George Saunders.” Rev. of CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Pastoralia by George Saunders. The English Journal 92.5 (2003): 84-6.

Selected Non-academic Publications

Blood: Stories. Black Lawrence Press. January 2016.

Blog: The Mumpsimus, 2003-present.

“Writers’ Blocks”. Wonderbook by Jeff VanderMeer. New York: Abrams Image, 2013.

“Intentional Schizophrenia: J.M. Coetzee’s Autobiographical Trilogy and the Falling Authority Of The Author”, Quarterly Conversation, December 2009.

“Coetzee in the Promised Land”, Quarterly Conversation, March 2009.

“Without Hope, Without Despair.”  Booklife by Jeff VanderMeer. San Francisco: Tachyon Publications, 2009.

Book reviews and essays for Los Angeles Review of Books, IndieWire,  Electric Literature, Literary Hub, Rain Taxi, Locus, The Quarterly Conversation, Z Magazine, Strange Horizons, SF Site. See http://matthewcheney.net/essays-and-nonfiction/ for full information.

Short stories published by Conjunctions, One Story, Weird Tales, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Best Gay Stories 2016, Wilde Stories: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction 2014, and elsewhere. See http://matthewcheney.net/fiction/ for full information.

Co-founder and Contributing Editor, The Revelator (http://www.revelatormagazine.com), 2011-present

Series editor, Best American Fantasy.  Guest editors: Jeff & Ann VanderMeer.  Prime Books, 2007 & 2008; Guest editor: Kevin Brockmeier, Underland Press, 2010.

Associate editor, Merlyn’s Pen: The National Magazine of Student Writing. 2003-2005.


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