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Matthew Neill Null

Matthew Neill Null is a recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mary McCarthy Prize, and the Michener–Copernicus Society of America Award. His debut novel, Honey from the Lion, from Lookout Books, was shortlisted for the L.D. and LaVerne Harrell Clark Fiction Prize, and his story collection, Allegheny Front, was named a finalist for Foreword’s INDIE collection of the year. His stories appear in American Short Fiction, Ecotone, the Oxford American, Ploughshares, the PEN /O. Henry Prize Stories, and the Best American Mystery Stories 2014. A native of West Virginia, he holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts.



“Bound to become one of the most admired and influential fiction writers of his generation . . . Null has the chops to represent the American past in a way that is richly credible for its period and yet stylistically daring.”

Jaimy Gordon

Author of Lord of Misrule


“Beautiful prose, vivid characterization, and meticulous research make Honey from the Lion an exceptional debut. Matthew Neill Null is a gifted and serious writer we need to pay attention to.”

Ron Rash

author of Serena