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, Digging Press, Thirty West Publishing House, 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).

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·       2019 – Poem Jam, Gears Turning, Litquake with Yerba Buena Arts Festival Reading Series, Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) Community Voices, 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.


·       “Yarrow” and “Jasmine.” The City is Already Speaking: The Sound of Calle 24. Anthology chapbook edited by Denise Sullivan and Thea Matthews, 2018. Print.

·        “Cal Survivors Speak Out!: Examining the Emergence of Student Activism Addressing Sexual Violence at UC Berkeley in Response to the Weberian Model of Bureaucratization.” Eleven: The Undergraduate Journal of Sociology, Vol. 7, 2017. Print. 

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

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

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


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