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Author Bio
James Mathews grew up in El Paso, Texas as well as a variety of Army bases throughout the country.  After active service in the U.S. Air Force, he settled in Maryland with his wife and children. 

He graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and later received an M.A. in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. 

He has spent most of his professional career working in and around Washington, D.C., writing speeches and congressional testimony for various government officials, including the Secretary of Health and Human Services. 

He is currently a fiction instructor with The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland where he also serves on the Board of Directors.  He also teaches fiction for the Veterans Writing Project in Washington, DC and serves as Senior Editor for the literary journal O-Dark-Thirty.

In addition, James is a retired Chief Master Sergeant with the D.C. Air National Guard. After 9/11, he was activated and deployed overseas numerous times, including tours in the Middle East and Iraq (in 2003 and 2006). These military experiences have figured into many of his short stories and in his longer works.   

His fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines including The Florida Review, the Northwest Review, the Greensboro Review, Carolina Quarterly, the Wisconsin Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, the South Carolina Review, and many more.  He has a number of awards for his work including three individual Maryland State Arts Council Grants. 

Last Known Position, a short story collection and winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Short Fiction, was published in November 2008 by the University of North Texas Press.

He is at work on a novel. 


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