Matt Bell
Contributor History

Matt Bell’s debut novel, In the House upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods (Soho Press) was published in 2013. He is the author of the novella Cataclysm Baby (Mud Luscious Press) and the fiction collection How They Were Found (Keyhole Press). He is the senior editor at Dzanc Books, where he also edits the literary magazine The Collagist.



In Print

Vol. 70
Sanctuary: The Preservation Issue
Spring 2018
Edited by Bradford Morrow


August 14, 2018
The coffee from yesterday warmed up and left in the microwave, the late-December sky two hours before the sun comes up outside of smudgy windows. Sitting. The desk. The bed. The bed the desk. It’s funny the things we hold on to, for no particular reason, or no good reason.
July 31, 2018
Perhaps we should begin in extreme heat
              or intemperate ice,                  in salt solutions,   
              in drastic acid or radical alkaline,         in heavy metals
or in toxic waste—                    wherever life seems improbable
July 24, 2018
First, an unsteady tree of clothing inside the door: the coat rack, heaped with jackets, scarfs and furs, most torn, buttons missing, some stained, all rarely worn as few ever go out—for what is outside the house but another house?