Dennis Mathis

Photo by Eric Olsen

Dennis Mathis grew up in Peoria, Illinois, and graduated from Bradley University there, where he studied creative writing under George Chambers and double-majored in English and Studio Art. He moved to Chicago in 1974 before earning his MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978.  His fiction has been honored with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a residency at Yaddo, and two fellowships to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he joined the staff as Chairman of FAWC’s Writing Committee, which at the time included Grace Paley and Alan Dugan. A fascination with computer technology in the ‘80s led him into the publishing industry in NYC and Boston, and then into a twenty-year career in corporate communications during the infancy of the Internet. Dennis currently works as a consulting editor with a special interest in helping debut novelists and memoirists. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife Barbara. He is still working on his first book.