Matt Prater is a writer and teacher from Saltville, Va. A graduate of Radford University and Appalachian State University, he has taught composition and British literature at Appalachian State and King University, and begins his first year as a composition instructor for E&H this fall.
Matt's creative writing has appeared (or is forthcoming) in many journals, including ALCAlines, Appalachian Heritage, Exit 109, Floyd County Moonshine, The Hollins Critic, James Dickey Review, Motif, NANO Fiction Magazine, Nefarious Ballerina, Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, Numinous: Spiritual Poetry, Sanctuary, The Shine Journal, Still: The Journal, Whiskey Island, and Yes, Poetry. His first published research piece, a study of animals in the stories of Bernard Malamud and Ha Jin, appeared in Comparative Literature and Culture Web, an international journal published through Purdue University, this past winter; and his master's thesis, the first on Washington County writer Lou Crabtree, is available through the following link.
In addition to his teaching at Emory & Henry, Matt is also a football coach for Northwood Middle and Northwood High School in Saltville, VA, and will serve as writer-in-residence at Abingdon High School during the 2014-2015 school year.
B.S., English — Radford University
M.A., English — Appalachian State University