The Floating McDonald’s

My essay, “The Floating McDonald’s” can be read here.

Posted in News on March 17th, 2014

The Exiles

My novella, The Exiles, is now available via Small Press Distribution!

Posted in The Exiles on February 26th, 2014

The Silent Numbers

“The Silent Numbers” combines audio collage with original text and text appropriated from an e-mail group devoted to recording and transcribing numbers stations. Numbers stations are shortwave radio broadcasts of human and machine-read numbers and letters probably used in espionage to communicate with field agents.

Best viewed using the Chrome browser. The audio for The Silent Numbers was built with GarageBand using audio recordings of numbers stations. The visual portion of the text was built using PHP, Javascript, HTML, and CSS.

View and listen here.

Posted in Projects on February 22nd, 2014


Digital_humanities, by Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp is available as a free download from MIT Press.

Posted in Reading on December 13th, 2013

A New Review of The Exiles

“Attempting to describe the muffled terror of Matthew Kirkpatrick’s The Exiles is like trying to recount a nightmare with a sleeping tongue and hoarse voice. Reality becomes curated by the memories of the chapbook’s characters, prompting readers to experience the dissociation of their own loosely bound realities.” – Leigh Jajuga at Ampersand Review

Posted in The Exiles on December 12th, 2013

Processing Screen Shot

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Posted in Bric-a-brac on December 12th, 2013

More Processing

Two new Processing experiments using a concordance generated from my novel-in-progress. Here and here.

Posted in Bric-a-brac on December 11th, 2013


Check out this simple program I built to learn the Processing language. The program randomly displays words from a concordance of my novel-in-progress.

Posted in Bric-a-brac on December 5th, 2013

Recent Praise for The Exiles and Light without Heat

For The Exiles:

“…Kirkpatrick does not expect the myths to carry the weight of the book, and each of the characters in this slim volume have depths beneath their surface, human behaviors and humor. They bend and distort their stories, slipping the noose of their expected endings. Each section is a different story, and a different point of view: the boy hero, the princess in the tower, the sister in the woods. Depending on the perspective, even the worst tragedy and horror can be relegated to a subplot, even to invisibility. Kirkpatrick puts pressure on the stories we think we know, troubling them, leaving behind only the uncanny sense that no one is who they say they are.” Lauren Perez in The Collagist

“Read it. I promise, you will be unsettled and moved to piece the oddities and mysteries together. You will be haunted. And you may be uneasily appeased.” Tina Cabrera at HTMLGiant

For Light without Heat

“Kirkpatrick has a profound way of exploring real world circumstances and locating them, through his writing, in the atmosphere above where our dreams are and in the minerals below that house our nightmares; emptied towns, the horror of lost children, the fear of leaving a company or position or recognizing the false belief in that job or company– all of these spheres that we exist in everyday, Kirkpatrick handles with empathy, whimsy, charm, sorrow, and anxiety. While these stories vary stylistically, they consistently hone in on a certain mundanity found just outside the frenetic fringes of the country’s metropolises; instead of playing into it, he plays with it.”  William Lazarus Wacker in Drunken Boat

“Reading Matthew Kirkpatrick’s Light Without Heat is like getting sucked into a phonographic mishmash of scrambled linearity, a sometimes dizzy place where the reliability of science and the unreasonable nostalgia provoked by photographs and memories collide. His narrative structures lean toward the unfamiliar, though not so far as to take us into chaos. Rather, the stories in this debut collection mirror the search for selfhood and stability of the Big Bang: Where are my rivers? Where are my mountains, my oceans? Where are the people to bear witness to my pain?” John Oliver Hodges in American Book Review

Posted in Light without Heat, News, The Exiles on June 15th, 2013

The Exiles and AWP

My novellete, The Exilesis about to be released from Ricochet Editions! Order it here.

I’ll be reading here at AWP on Thursday at 6:00 PM from The Exiles (with Anomalous Press/Les Figues/Gold Line/Tiny Hardcore/Rose Metal Press) and on Saturday at Noon at the FC2 Reading (part of the conference this year instead of offsite) with other FC2 authors.

“This small, frozen, frightening world, this gapped, intense, ferocious world, this world of tremors, of shiverings, of longings stripped bare and desires reclothed, this world of muted visions and vivid nightmares, of terrible tenderness, this world of exile, The Exiles, by Matthew Kirkpatrick, this strange and powerful work, this world.”

–Laird Hunt

Cover painting by Bill Dunlap (see interview below!)

Posted in News on February 26th, 2013

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