The latest book of stories  from American Book Award winner Matt Briggs “tells stories set at the boundary between real men and boys in man drag” in which “the characters in the fourteen stories live in the shadow of a failed macho culture.” Well-written, northwest infused with surreal twists at every turn these stories tend to stay with you for a bit after reading. — Seattle PI (Book Patrol)


Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Double E by Matt Briggs

The Double E

by Matt Briggs

Giveaway ends May 31, 2013.

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411 people requested one of five copies of Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys for a Goodreads Giveaway. Because so many people requested it, Final State Press is offering the Kindle version of the book for sale today at 99 cents. Click here and download it today for less than a buck.

I read in Eugene at the Tsunami Books on Saturday April 20th along with John Burgess, Ralph Salisbury, and Howard Robertson. Steven Schreiner has been recording readers at Tsunami Books for awhile now and has posted videos of a number of Pacific Northwest writers including Lana Hechtman Ayers, Paul Hunter and John Witte. I last read at Tsunami Books in 2003 from my second book Misplaced Alice. I was reading this time from my seventh book, Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. I read a story, The Penile Colony, that originally appeared in The Roethke Reader, a collection of work by writers who write various pieces that were Roethke related when ACT Theater performed David Wagoner’s play First Class.

Published on Apr 24, 2013, recorded and posted by Steven Schreiner.
The Third Saturday Readers Series on April 20, 2013, at Tsunami Books, Eugene, Oregon.

Engage or Perish: Social Media for Writers

Engage or Perish by Matt Briggs (Kindle ebook)

Engage or Perish: Analysis of Social Media Publishing for Authors in Traditional Media is now available as a Kindle Book. It is free today, and will be a dollar starting tomorrow. Get a copy now.

Matt Briggs delivered a talk a panel about social media for old and young writers organized by Priscilla Long and presented at the Associated Writing Conference, Thursday March 1, 2012. Publishing in social media requires a fundamental re-imagining of your practice as a writer. This book explains the framework and points to some specific tools for creating a social media writing practice.

Misplaced Alice by Matt BriggsMy collection of stories, Misplaced Alice, published by StringTown Press in 2002 is among the books I’m re-issuing as ebooks. Misplaced Alice is free on the Kindle store today if you would like a get a copy. Jim Heynen, author of You Know What is Right and The One-Room Schoolhouse, wrote of the book:

Matt Briggs reminds us of the ordinary strangeness of strange and ordinary lives. Like the best in contemporary literature, his stories make the familiar unfamiliar and thus remind us to take a second look at who we are. Briggs understands the two-sidedness of life, how many ordinary situations can be comforting and disturbing at the same time. Sometimes he puts me in mind of Raymond Carver’s stories. Other times he reminds me of the off-kilter world of Russell Edson.

Pick up a free copy here.