Matthew J. Parker

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Columnist at Vox Populi
Bio: 

Matthew J. Parker returned to school late in life, earned a BA in English Literature from Barrett, The Honors College of Arizona State University and an MFA in Creative Writing From Columbia. His first book, a graphic novel, was published soon after, and his work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Courier Newsroom, Vox Populi, The Baltimore Sun, Guernica, The Rumpus, Blavity, The East Valley Tribune, and Five Points: A Journal of Literature and Art, among others.

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Book

Larceny in My Blood: A Memoir of Heroin, Handcuffs, and Higher Education, a graphic novel published by Gotham Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, Aug. 7, 2012

ARTICLES AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Columnist at Vox Populi

• I Was Once Incarcerated for a Non-Violent Drug Offense. Let’s Do Lunch, Kamala Harris | Courier Newsroom - Published November 25, 2020

• The White Supremacy I Saw in Prison Is Also in the White House | Courier Newsroom: Published November 2020

• I Was Once Incarcerated and Now Can’t Vote. But I Still Appreciate the US Constitution | Courier News Room: Published September 2020

• Why Social Distancing Is Nothing New To Dedicated Long-Distance Lovers | Blavity - Published: May 2020

• I'm existing, not living:" Stories of tough jobs and the loneliness of quarantine | The Washington Post - Published: April 21, 2020

• Sonic Footprints Down Highway 61 | Five Points Journal - June 23, 2017

• If an ex-con can forgive Hillary Clinton, why can’t other liberals? | Blavity – March 2016

• Lunch with an ex-con: How about it, Loretta Lynch? | The Baltimore Sun - May 19, 2015

• Matthew Parker: Amnesty by Any Other Name | Guernica - Published: July 29, 2013

• The NRA Is Wrong: The Myth of Illegal Guns | The Daily Beast - Published: May 26, 2013

• A Taste of Larceny in My Blood | The Rumpus - Published: February 13, 2013

• Wanting to Kill   | New York Times Sunday Review - Published: August 4, 2012

• A Student of Intimacy, Step by Step   | New York Times Style - Published: January 23, 2009

• The Future Mayor of Hoboken   | Columbia Spectator - Published: October 18, 2009

INTERVIEWS AND PRESS 

 • An Interview With Matthew J. Parker   | Author Matthew J. Parker speaks with Lucas Gonzalez and Columbia Journal - May 3, 2018

• The Myth of Illegal Guns  | The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell - May 31, 2013

• Conversations with Literary Ex-Cons: Matthew Parker   | The Rumpus - February 13, 2013

• Can Personal Experience Change Your Views on the Death Penalty?   | The TakeAway -     August 9, 2012

• An Ex-Con Walks into an Ivy League Classroom   | The Millions Interview with Matthew     Parker - August 7, 2012

• Graphic Tales of Larceny   | The Good Men Project

• Memoir graphically details a life of drug abuse | ASU News – August 13, 2012

• Frotcast 112: Prison Stories with Matthew Parker   | FilmDrunk – August 9, 2012

• Frotcast 79: Prison Memoirs, Heroin & Hanukkah Songs   | FilmDrunk – December 21, 2011

• The Limits of Literacy   | BWOG – August 7, 2012