mattmercierWriter, teacher, storyteller.

That sums up my professional life here in New York City.

The writing, both fiction and non, appears in The Mississippi Review, Glimmer Train, The Raven Chronicles, and Rosebud.

The teaching is done at Hunter College, where I also earned an MFA studying with Peter Carey and Colum McCan.

The live storytelling, though, is my heart and soul and it began at The Moth Story Slams.

To be even more precise, it began with my benefactor, Mr Edgar Allan Poe.

From 2002 to 2006, I was the caretaker and head docent for the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in The Bronx. This job provided me with a lifetime of eclectic stories, and I began telling them in 2008 at the premier storytelling venue in NYC, The Moth. I’m a two-timer Story Slam champ and have appeared on their Mainstage events, but I’ve also spun tales at The Story Collider, The Liar Show, and Real Characters.

I’ve also worked as a youth hostel manager in New Mexico, packed salmon in Alaska, provided showers for homeless men on the Bowery.

You can always contact me at this address:     profmercier@gmail.com