Matthew Williams is a 19-year-old Seattle native. An undergraduate student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he is pursuing a degree in English while also minoring in journalism.

As a writer, Matthew has worked both creatively and critically. His creative work spans several genres, including short story, poetry, horror, and literary fiction. Critically, his work is focused on gay/bisexual men–primarily through literature–but he also strives to engage with all identities of the LGBTQ community.

In addition to his role in academia, Matthew is also an avid human rights advocate, having primarily done work within the LGBT and HIV/AIDS communities. Matthew’s social advocacy has roots in the creation of the online persona known as MatthewYoga, originally designed by him for interacting with the yoga community on Instagram.

In addition to his six years of practicing yoga,  Matthew is also swimmer, having swam competitively in some form for the majority of his life. He has played violin for seven years, enjoys cooking and baking, and has embraced a primarily vegan lifestyle. His favorite novels are Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman and The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and he is a huge fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Captain America movies.