Matthew Foley is a poet, writing coach and yoga teacher in Charleston, South Carolina.
He is the author of two books of poetry, We Could Be Oceans and The Typewriter Sutra. Matt has also released an album of live spoken word poetry, entitled What You Will Need in Class Today. His poetry has appeared in Illuminations: An International Magazine of Contemporary Writing, Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race, and IndieFeed: Performance Poetry. His poem “Dear Officer: A Poem for Walter Scott” was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Matt has performed in coffee shops, classrooms, and poetry venues across the country. In Charleston, Matt is a co-organizer of The Unspoken Word poetry series, which hosts monthly open mics, poetry slams, and readings by featured poets. He is the 2017 Holy City Grand Slam Champion and was a member of the Holy City Slam Team that competed in the 2014 Southern Fried Poetry Slam. His work in the Charleston community was recently featured in the Charleston City Paper.
Matt is deeply passionate about helping people nurture their creative gifts. In 2017, he launched Contribute Your Verse, a coaching program for creative writers utilizing workshops and 1-on-1 personal coaching. In 2014, he founded Holy City Youth Slam, which hosts creative writing workshops and poetry slam competitions for young people in the Charleston area. For the past five years, Matt has taught English and Creative Writing in Charleston public schools and is currently a member of the English Department at the Charleston County School of the Arts.
- Charleston City Paper: Local Poet Matt Foley Talks About the Power of Words
- Charleston Magazine: Poetry for All
- Charleston Grit: Cultural Curators – The Unspoken Word
- The Post & Courier: The Poet-Performers
- CofC Today: Alumnus is Changing Lives One Poem at a Time
- Art Mag: Literary Profile
- Art Mag: Favorite Literary Artist
- Cistern Yard: Charleston’s Next Top Poet
- CofC English Department Folio: Making It, Local
- Wake Zine: Poetry Spotlight
- Echo Chamberz: What You Will Need in Class Today Review
- Gather Yoga: Poems to Power Your Practice
- IndieFeed Performance Poetry: The First Day of School
- SC Book Festival: Author Profile