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Matthew Griffin



M.F.A., University of Iowa

B.A., Wake Forest University


  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • English


Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University, where he earned Bachelor’s Degrees in English and Religion, and earned his MFA in Creative Writing, with a specialty in Fiction, from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow. He also worked for several years as Assistant to the Director of Highlander Research and Education Center, a renowned hub of grassroots organizing for social justice throughout the South and Appalachia.

His debut novel Hide was the winner of the 2017 Crook's Corner Book Prize, an ALA Stonewall Honor Book, and an Amazon Best Book of the Month. It was longlisted for the PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction and the VCU/Cabell First Novelist Prize, and a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and a Publishing Triangle Award. His writing has appeared in The GuardianGranta, Electric Literature, and elsewhere.

Classes Taught

  • Critical Reading and Writing
  • Writing About Literature--Coming of Age in the South

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Fiction
  • 20th Century Novels
  • Composition and Rhetoric
  • Art and Social Justice