Matt Beam: Teacher, Freelance Journalist and Novelist


Since I began trading in imagination, I’ve been curious about young people who have inner imaginative worlds. For the most part, these worlds seem to be distortions of what is going on in their own lives.

— Matt Beam on his concerns as a writer, Conversations with Writers, December 6, 2006.

Matt Beam has taught in various capacities in Toronto, Vancouver, Guatemala, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand and has written for newspapers that include the Toronto Star, the National Post, Toronto Life, and Toro magazine in Canada.

His first young adult novel, Getting to First Base with Danalda Chase, was published in the spring of 2005. His second novel, Can You Spell Revolution? followed in the fall of 2006.

His third novel, Earth to Nathan Blue, will arrive in the spring of 2007, along with the U.S. version of Getting to First Base.

In an interview which appears in Conversations with Writers, Matt Beam spoke about his writing and his concerns as a writer.

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