“Myth is the only way I have to self-identify,” said author Matthew Salesses. In his writing, Salesses, adopted from Korea at age 2, mingles lyricism, myth and human longing to weave compelling accounts of the human experience.
Salesses reads from his critically acclaimed works and talks about his life and craft at Idyllwild Arts from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 14, in the Fireside Room of the Nelson Dining Hall on the Idyllwild Arts campus.
Author of the well reviewed “The Hundred-Year Flood,” and other shorter works, Salesses has written about adoption, race and parenting for NPR, The New York Times, Salon, the Center for Asian American Media, The Rumpus and often for The Good Men Project, for which he serves as the fiction editor and contributing writer.
He said, about his writing experience, “I like to challenge myself and the novel is what I find most challenging. Having other forms to turn to is a way of giving my brain a break while also keeping it active.” Salesses completed his Master of Fine Arts at Emerson College and he is currently a Cambor Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston. He teaches creative writing for Inprint, Writespace and Grub Street, both in the classroom and online.
Salesses’ reading is open to the public and there is no charge for admission.