About



The Mumpsimus is a personal blog created by me, Matthew Cheney, in 2003. For an overview of the blog's ever-changing identity over years, see the ten posts I wrote for the tenth anniversary in 2013. To scroll through more recent writings, take a look at the archive links and the Popular Posts list at the bottom of the page.

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Who am I?

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Matthew Cheney’s debut collection, Blood: Stories, won the Hudson Prize and was published by Black Lawrence Press in 2016.
His work has been published by ConjunctionsEnglish JournalOne StoryWeird Tales, Strange HorizonsBest Gay Stories 2016Literary HubThe Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. He is the former series editor for the Best American Fantasy anthologies, and the co-editor, with Eric Schaller, of the occasional online magazine The Revelator.
He has taught English, Women’s Studies, and Communications & Media Studies at Plymouth State University, and literature and composition at the University of New Hampshire, from which he earned a Ph.D. in Englishin 2018 with a dissertation titled Lessoning Fiction: Modernist Crisis and the Pedagogy of Form.
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