Matt Clark (1967–1998) was a prolific short story writer and also the author of the novel, Hook Man Speaks. He held an MFA from Louisiana State University, and while a graduate student there, he was a fiction editor of the New Delta Review. He became the director of the graduate writing program at LSU at the age of 29, and he died of liver and colon cancer in 1998 at the age of 31. His friends and fellow authors, Michael Griffith and Josh Russell, are responsible for continued efforts to bring his work to print. His fiction has appeared in The Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, One Story, and Flyway.