Matt has more than fifteen years of experience in books, editing, and publishing, primarily as an editor. He began collaborating with TBF in 2014 as a chair of one of the organization’s volunteer committees, then in 2015 as a member of the Lit Crawl–Austin council. Matt started his career as an author assistant, then interned at both the Austin Chronicle and aGLIFF—an Austin-based film festival—before occupying communications and editorial roles at publishers and education institutions. Since 2009 he has edited, collaborated with, or advised nearly 200 fiction and nonfiction authors, including award winners and bestsellers, and has contributed to Kirkus Reviews and the Austin Chronicle. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas and is a California State University–certified ghostwriter. In addition to acting as TBF’s literary director, Matt serves on the board of advisors at Austin Bat Cave—a literary and literacy-education nonprofit and TBF partner organization.