Mathew received a B.A. from the University of Rochester in 1975 with a major in history and a minor in English literature. During his Junior Year Abroad at Birmingham University in England, he wrote a thesis on Aldous Huxley. During his senior year at the University of Rochester, he studied with novelist and short-story writer Jesse Hill Ford, who was a visiting professor of Southern literature. Mathew’s first novel The Martin Luther King Mitzvah(Fitzroy Books, 2018) received the LitPick Top Choice book review award.His novelBernie and the Hermitwas a finalist in the 2019 William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.