Featured Poet/Writer of Issue # 7
Brooklyn-born Matthew Paris is a writer, musician, videographer. He has been commercially published as a novelist, has had over twenty plays produced in New York, ran a Public Access show for twelve years. His work been praised by Virgil Thomson, Irwin Shaw, Philip Jose Farmer and Issac Bashevis Singer. He edited the Brooklyn College Literary Review for several years. His school programs reached over 200,000 high school students.
As a pianist, guitarist, and singer he has played the Brooklyn Museum, Gertie's, Irving Plaza, was DC37 official singer, played at Labor festivals and worked with Pete Seeger. Both a classical and blues musician he currently plays monthly at the Black and White Bar; he has lately been featured at the Irish Arts Salon. After his 80th birthday he has earnestly taken up the banjo.
He lives with his mate Jane in Stytown at the borders of the Lower East Side.