Matthew Duffus is the author of the novel Swapping Purples for Yellows, the collection Dunbar’s Folly and Other Stories, and the poetry chapbook Problems of the Soul and Otherwise.
He was born in Pennsylvania and spent time living in Maryland, Indiana, Mississippi, Minnesota, and Tennessee, before finally settling in North Carolina. Along the way, he received graduate degrees in English and creative writing from the University of Mississippi and the University of Minnesota and worked as a graduate instructor and research assistant, apartment caretaker, bookseller, concessions supervisor, and residence-hall director. He currently teaches and directs the writing center at Gardner-Webb University, in Boiling Springs, N.C. He can be found online at matthewduffus.com and on twitter @DuffusMatthew
His creative work has appeared in more than two-dozen publications, including Beloit Fiction Journal, Main Street Rag, Natural Bridge, and Slant. He has also published articles and book chapters on everything from teaching American literature to Ian McEwan’s Atonement to photographic representations of Billie Holiday.