Matt Biundo is a writer and educator residing in the Bay Area, California. His writings have appeared in publications in the United States and Europe. His piece, “Missing the Cure”, can be found in EPOCH Issue 01: Beginnings, available to purchase here.
Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from little things — seeing a dog play in the grass, or a distressing story in the news — which often leads to ideas I just can’t get out of my head. I think about the feelings or emotions someone else is expressing and consider how my own experience leads me to interpret that. I often think about how disagreements and conflict arise from our inability or unwillingness to understand each other. When I write creative nonfiction, I’m often thinking about how my perspective of an event is different from those around me. I try to explore these different interpretations and, for better or for worse, consider how anyone involved (myself included) may have reacted differently.
Why do you write/create Creative Non-Fiction?
I’ve always enjoyed reading CNF but didn’t start writing in the genre until about 2016. I had an excellent professor (shoutout to Jacqueline Doyle — her writing is fantastic!) who led a wonderful workshop aimed at helping newcomers begin writing in the genre. She helped me begin to write CNF as a means to explore what I didn’t know, rather than focus on what I did. I’ve since taken that advice seriously and it has inspired every nonfiction piece I’ve written — including, or especially, the works I’ve never finished. I write CNF because writing is a form of thinking and the unknown is too fascinating.
What are you reading now?
For full-length CNF, the last memoir I read was Educated by Tara Westover, which was phenomenal. I volunteer as a reader for the literary magazine CRAFT, where I mainly read CNF submissions. I’ve enjoyed the work we’ve published there recently. I enjoy graphic memoir and recently zipped through Mary Talbot’s Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes in one sitting. Finally, I was recently gifted David Leeming’s biography on James Baldwin. While I’m only about a quarter of the way through, it’s a thoughtful and revealing book that I’m quite enjoying.
Where can we follow you and find your work?
I’m on Twitter @BiundoMatt, though I don’t tweet often enough.