Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Thea Matthews is a poet, scholar, and activist. She writes on the complexities of humanity, grief, and resiliency. She earned her BA at UC Berkeley where she studied and taught June Jordan’s program Poetry for the People. She has work published in the Atlanta Review, Tilde, Foglifter, The Rumpus, and others. She has work also featured in anthologies Still Here San Francisco (Foglifter Press 2019); and Love WITH Accountability: Uprooting the Roots on Child Sexual Abuse (AK Press 2019). Her first collection of poetry Unearth [The Flowers] will be published by Red Light Lit Press, spring 2020.


Spoken Word

by Thea Matthews
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2019 – Poem Jam, Gears Turning, Litquake with Yerba Buena Arts Festival Reading Series, Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) Community Voices, Litquake, Lit Crawl 

2018 –The National Queer Arts Festival, Malcolm X Jazz Festival, Litquake, Lit Crawl, Berkeley Poetry Festival

2017 – Lit Crawl, Beast Crawl, Hazel Reading Series, Lyrics & Dirges, the Mission Arts Performance Project (MAPP) series 



GRIM(E)published chapbook by the Alley Cat Resident Writers Collection 2019

“WITH GANGRENE.” Foglifter Journal.Foglifter Press. Vol. 4 (2), 2019. 

Indigo | Baptisia australis.” Atlanta Review. Forthcoming Spring/Summer 2019 issue. 

“Fuchsia | Fuchsia magellanica.”Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing. Summer 2019. Vol.5 (2). 

“Marigold | Tagetes erecta,” Digging Through The Fat: A Literary and Arts Journal for Cultural Omnivores, Digging Press. Forthcoming May 2019. Web. 

“Protea|Protea compacta,” Tilde: A Literary Journal. Thirty West Publishing House. Vol. 3, 2019. Print.

“Bi Lexington,” “Remember That Store Before The New Café Opened Up In The Mission,” “DANDELION | Taraxacum erythrospermum,” Still Here San Francisco of LGBTQIA2+ Artists raised in San Francisco  Anthology, Foglifter Press, forthcoming 2019. Print

“Lilacs | Syringa vulgaris,” Love With Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse. AK Press, forthcoming 2019. Print.

 “Gardenia| Gardenia jasminoides,” “RAIN LILIES | Zephyranthes grandiflora,” “FUCHSIA | Fuchsia magellanica,” “HYACINTH |Hyacinthus.”For Women Who Roar. 2019; issue 2. Print

“Protea | Protea cynaroides.” For Women Who Roar.2019.  Web.   

“Sunflowers | Helianthus Annuus” and “Chrysanthemums | Chrysanthemum Morifolium,” Mookychick, 2019. Web.


"Orchids, Protea, Hydrangeas.”  Rag Queen Periodical, 2017 Web

"Hydrangeas" and "Orchids." For Harriet Soar, 2017 Web. 

“Lilacs” and essay “Activist, poet, prison abolitionist, human rights advocate, incest and rape survivor.” The Feminist Wire, 2016. Web. 


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