Associate Professor of English

Ph.D., English, Oklahoma State University
M.A., English, Southeast Missouri State University
B.A., English, Southeast Missouri State University

Campus Phone: Ext. 5234
Came to Tusculum: 2010

Dr. Clay Matthews joined Tusculum College from East Tennessee State University, where he taught as a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow. Dr. Matthews previously held Teaching Assistant positions at Oklahoma State University and Southeast Missouri State University. He served as Associate Editor of the Cimarron Review literary journal at Oklahoma State University from 2004 to 2007.

Dr. Matthews earned at Ph.D. in English from Oklahoma State University in 2008. He has holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in English, both from Southeast Missouri State University.

Dr. Matthews is the author of two books: RUNOFF (BlazeVOX Books, 2009) and Superfecta (Ghost Road Press, 2008.) He has published individual poems in over fifty literary journals, including The American Poetry Review, Black Warrior Review, The Brooklyn Review, New Orleans Review, Pilot, RealPoetik, and Verse Daily.

Dr. Matthews has earned numerous honors for Creative Writing, including winning the Academy of American Poets Prize in 2005, being named a Finalist of the Burnside Review‘s 3rd Annual Fiction Chapbook Contest for The Pony Express, in 2009, and winning the Marye Lynn Cummings Endowed Scholarship at Oklahoma State University in 2006.

He has been a featured reader at the University of Tulsa, the University of Central Oklahoma, Cameron University, and Oklahoma State University.