Lou Mathews is the author of the novel Shaky Town, available from Tiger Van Books.


Mathews has written seven books and published two of them, Just Like James and L.A. Breakdown, an LA Times Best BookHe has taught in UCLA Extension’s acclaimed creative writing program since 1989. His stories have been published in ZYZZYVA, New England Review, Short Story, Black Clock , Paperback L.A., and many fiction anthologies. Mathews is also a journalist, playwright, and passionate cook, as well as a former mechanic, street racer, and restaurant critic. He has received a Pushcart Prize and a Katherine Anne Porter Prize, as well as California Arts Commission and NEA Fiction fellowships, and is a recipient of the UCLA Extension Teacher of the Year and Outstanding Instructor awards.


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One response to “751. Lou Mathews”

  1. Lou Mathews says:

    You will find two of Lou Mathew’s stories, “The Tree” and “Tortilla” in the Nervous Breakdown archive.

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