Matthew Hittinger is the author of The Erotic Postulate (2014) and Skin Shift (2012) both from Sibling Rivalry Press, and the chapbooks Platos de Sal (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009), Narcissus Resists (GOSS183, 2009), and Pear Slip (Spire Press, 2007) winner of the Spire 2006 Chapbook Award.
Born and raised in Bethlehem, PA (not far from the grave of one of his favorite poets, H.D.), Matthew did his undergraduate work in Art History and English at Muhlenberg College and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan where he won a Hopwood Award for Poetry and The Helen S. and John Wagner Prize. Matthew was named a 2012 Debut Poet on the 8th annual list by Poets & Writers Magazine and has received the Kay Deeter Award from the journal Fine Madness, two Sundress Best of the Net nominations, and eleven Pushcart Prize nominations.
His work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including: American Letters & Commentary; Assaracus; Barn Owl Review; Bloom; a feature in Blue Fifth Review; Canteen; Center; Chelsea Station; Clementine; The Concher; Corduroy Mountain; Crazyhorse; DIAGRAM; DMQ Review; Dusie; The Ekphrastic Review; Gertrude; Hobble Creek Review; Knockout; The L Magazine; Mantis; Mary; Mead; Memorious; Meridian; Michigan Quarterly Review; Midway Journal; a feature and cover boy for MiPOesias; Nimrod; No Tell Motel; OCHO; The Good Men Project; The Offending Adam; Phoebe; Poets & Artists; Press 1; qarrtsiluni; The Raintown Review; StepAway Magazine; Turntable & Blue Light; Weave and elsewhere. He did a turn as a Guest Editor and then Managing Editor of OCHO magazine 2014-15.
His work has also been anthologized in: Best New Poets 2005; Villanelles; Divining Divas: 100 Gay Poets on the Women Who Inspire Them; A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poems; The Rumpus Original Poetry Anthology; Love Rise Up: Poems of Social Justice, Protest and Hope; Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books; Out of Sequence: The Sonnets Remixed; The Queer South: LGBT Writers on the American South; and Rabbit Ears: TV Poems.
Matthew has collaborated with a number of artists in other disciplines, including video artist Liz Stephens and composer Matt Sargent on the video project “the heart strobed superimposed”; painters Kristy Gordon, Judith Peck, Francien Krieg, and Nadine Robbins (whose portrait of him appeared on the cover of Chronogram magazine); composer Randall West on an art song cycle featuring the texts of “Skin Game” and “Not Berdache Not Gynandromorph Not Even Two Spirit”; and composer John Glover on a number of projects, including setting the text of “The Astronomer on Misnomers” to electronic music with flute accompaniment, and creating an art song out of “8:46 A.M., Five Years Later” for the Five Boroughs Music Festival’s Five Borough Songbook.
Matthew lives in New York City and is married to the Canadian photographer, educator and writer, Michael Ernest Sweet.