David Mathews earned his MA in Writing and Publishing at DePaul University. Recent publications include After Hours, CHEAP POP, Eclectica Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Word Riot, Silver Birch Press, Freeze Ray Poetry, and One Sentence Poems.
His work has been anthologized in Belt Magazine’s Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, in Endlessly Rocking, an anthology of poems in honor of the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman,
nominated for The Best of The Net,
and a Pushcart Prize.
Recently, he was a finalist in the 2019 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards and his golden shovel "The Naming of Monsters" was chosen as the winner of the 2020 Mary Blinn Poetry Prize.
David lives in his hometown of Chicago, where he works as a Creative Writing Instructor at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts).