Thea Matthews

Thea Matthews is a poet and educator of African and Indigenous Mexican descent from San Francisco, California. She holds an MFA in poetry from New York University and a BA in sociology from UC Berkeley. Her poetry has appeared in The Massachusetts ReviewEpiphany Magazine, Alta JournalThe New Republic, and others. Her first book Unearth [The Flowers] was published by Red Light Lit Press and was listed under Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Poetry of 2020. Author and editor Nathan McClain says of Matthews’s poetry, “Deploying familiar, if not found language often as refrain, "Matthews shows us ourselves, shows us our nation, and what it deems significant enough to value or keep.” She was a poet in residence at the Museum of African Diaspora in the fall of 2023 and currently lives in Brooklyn.