Matthew J. Hefti is a masthead editor at The Wrath-Bearing Tree, an accomplished author, and a practicing attorney with his own law firm in Houston, Texas. An experienced instructor and public speaker, he frequently teaches creative writing workshops and continuing legal education seminars for non-profit professional organizations.
Hefti's debut novel, A Hard and Heavy Thing (Gallery / Simon & Schuster 2016), was named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by Military Times and one of the Top Ten First Novels of the Year by Booklist. It was chosen by the Women's National Book Association as a Great Group Read. A Hard and Heavy Thing was also awarded the Wisconsin Library Association's Outstanding Achievement recognition.
Hefti's fiction, poetry, literary criticism, and essays have all been widely published online, appearing on websites such as The Warhorse, Literary Hub, Electric Literature, War on the Rocks, The Wrath-Bearing Tree, and many others.
Hefti has also contributed fiction and nonfiction to traditional print anthologies such as The Road Ahead: Fiction from the Forever War (Pegasus Books 2017), Retire The Colors (Hudson Whitman 2016), MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2014), and others.