Mathieu Cailler

Mathieu Cailler (Fiction, Poetry) | Los Angeles, CA

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Mathieu Cailler is an award-winning author whose poetry and prose have been widely featured in over seventy national and international publications, including the Los Angeles Times and The Saturday Evening Post. A graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, he is the winner of a Short Story America Prize and a Shakespeare Award. He is the author of the short-story collection, Loss Angeles (Short Story America Press), which has been honored by the Hollywood, New York, London, Paris, Best Book, and International Book Awards; the poetry collection, May I Have This Dance? (About Editions), winner of the 2017 New England Book Festival Poetry Prize; and the children’s book, The (Underappreciated) Life of Humphrey Hawley (About Editions), which has been nominated for the Caldecott Medal and the Newbery Award, among other notable prizes. Catacombs of the Heart (Luchador Press) is his second poetry collection. Hi, I’m Night (Olympia), a children’s picture book, is forthcoming. For more information, please visit


Catacombs of the Heart (Luchador Press, 2019). Poetry.

The (Underappreciated) Life of Humphrey Hawley (About Editions, 2018). Children’s Lit. Fiction.

May I Have This Dance? (About Editions, 2017). Poetry.

Loss Angeles (Short Story America Press, 2015). Short Stories. Fiction.


  • Clotheslines (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014). Poetry.
  • Shhh (ELJ Publications, 2014). Short Stories. Fiction.

Blurbs, Press, & Reviews

Loss Angeles doesn’t focus on the bright lights of Tinseltown, but rather on the quiet day-to-day pain of marginalized people paralyzed by loss, poor choices, obsessions, and love. These subtle, beautifully wrought, and richly realized stories showcase Cailler as an intrepid fiction writer who is always compassionate to his characters and their moral quandaries.”
—Laurie Alberts, author of The Price of Land in Shelby
Mathieu Cailler’s Loss Angeles is as vast and capacious in its human reckonings as the city it is named after, or re-named so movingly here in this extraordinary collection: in story after story Cailler demonstrates a remarkable range of characters who have lost almost everything only to find themselves somehow sustained by the most delicate, poignant, and tenuous of human threads. A remarkable—and remarkably moving—debut.
—Robert Vivian, author of The Tall Grass Trilogy and The Least Cricket of Evening
In Loss Angeles Mathieu Cailler looks upon humanity’s foibles with a tender mercy and conveys what he sees in sentences that sing with simplicity and clarity. Every story in the collection reveals a devastating beauty that, page after page, held me mesmerized. Cailler is indeed a writer to be admired and read for years to come.”
—Sophfronia Scott, author of All I Need to Get By
“Mathieu Cailler’s clear-voiced humanity resounds throughout the 15 stories of this accomplished debut collection. His balanced powers of complex observation and accessibility are well suited to short fiction as he masterfully boils his stories down to small but revealing moments, exploring universal themes of loss, love, self-awareness, and so much more. The title emotion merely suggests but one of many evoked with the skill of a true world observer. Loss Angeles has everything to gain and Cailler is an author to watch.”
—Kali VanBaale, author of The Space Between
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