Matthew Kirkpatrick is the author of the short story collection Light without Heat (FC2, March 2012) and the novella The Exiles (Ricochet Editions, 2013). His writing has appeared in many literary journals, including The Rumpus, The Believer Logger, The Common, Puerto del Sol, Web Conjunctions, Western Humanities Review, DIAGRAM, the Notre Dame Review, Unsaid, Five Chapters, and Denver Quarterly.

He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Utah, and is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University. He lives in Ypsilanti, MI with his wife, the writer Susan McCarty, an assistant professor at Oakland University.