Matt Bell

Ross-Blakley Hall 214
PO Box 871401
TEMPE
Director of Creative Writing, Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1401

Biography

Matt Bell’s next novel, Appleseed, is forthcoming from Custom House/William Morrow in July 2021. His craft book Refuse to Be Done, a guide to novel writing, rewriting, & revision, will follow in early 2022 from Soho Press. He is also the author of the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall, a non-fiction book about the classic video game Baldur's Gate II, and several other titles. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, American Short Fiction, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University.

His 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 Book of the Year Honor Recipient as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award, among other honors Both In the House and Scrapper were selected by the Library of Michigan as Michigan Notable Books, and A Tree or a Person or a Wall was nominated for the 2017 Story Prize. 

Education

  • M.F.A. Bowling Green State University 2010
  • B.A. Oakland University 2006

Publications

Novels

Appleseed. Custom House/William Morrow, forthcoming in 2021.
Scrapper. Soho Press, 2015.
In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods. Soho Press, 2013.

Short Story Collections

A Tree or a Person or a Wall. Soho Press, 2016.
Cataclysm Baby. Mudluscious Press, 2012.
How They Were Found. Keyhole Press, 2010.

Non-Fiction

Refuse to Be Done. Soho Press, forthcoming in 2022.
Baldur's Gate II. Boss Fight Books, 2015.

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 307 Writing Science Fiction
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 593 Applied Project
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ENG 563 Forms of Fiction
ENG 584 Internship
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 538 Studies Mod/Contemp Amer Lit
ENG 584 Internship
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 394 Special Topics
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ENG 488 Advanced Workshop Fiction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 598 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
ENG 498 Pro-Seminar
ENG 538 Studies Mod/Contemp Amer Lit
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
ENG 288 Beginning Workshop Fiction
ENG 580 Practicum
ENG 584 Internship
ENG 593 Applied Project
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop