Matthew Williams is a 19-year-old Seattle native. A student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, he is pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in the study of gay and bisexual men’s narratives while also minoring in journalism.

As a writer, Matthew has worked both creatively and critically. His fictional narratives are rooted in bleak, disturbingly real settings and aim to bring awareness to social issues through the use of horror and the grotesque. Critically, his writing provides queer readings of mainstream literature where LGBT representation is absent while also supplying analysis of LGBT fiction, an often neglected realm of literature.

In addition to his involvement with the literary community, 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.