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An Interview with Author Suzanne Matson


Suzanne Matson’s fourth novel, Ultraviolet, was published by Catapult in September 2018.  Her previous novels are The Tree-Sitter (W. W. Norton, 2006), short-listed for the PEN New England/L. L. Winship Award;  A Trick of Nature (W. W. Norton, 2000); and The Hunger Moon (W. W. Norton, 1997), a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick.  Her short fiction has appeared in Harvard Review, Carolina QuarterlyMussoorie WritersPangyrus, and as a Ploughshares Solo.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Matson received a BA in English from Portland State University, an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and a PhD in English, also from Washington.  A 2012 fellow in fiction writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, Matson has also received creative writing fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.  She teaches at Boston College and lives in Newton, Massachusetts.

She visited Spokane as an Eastern Washington University Visiting Writer.

Chris Maccini previously worked at SPR as Morning Edition host and producing arts and special programming such as The Bookshelf, Poetry Moment, Northwest Arts Review, special features and more.