Matthew Sumpter worked on trail crews and conservation projects in Montana, Oregon, Illinois, and Missouri from 2008-2010. He helped build and dig trail, fell invasive tree species, and suppress wildfires. He says that if it had paid a sustainable wage, he would still be doing it today. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, New Republic, Best New Poets 2014, Ninth Letter, 32 Poems, and Boulevard, and a group of five of his poems won the Crab Orchard Review Special Issues Feature Award. His fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, and he is the Lead Narrative Designer for the adventure/fitness app, MarchQuest. A graduate of the PhD program in Creative Writing at Binghamton University and the MFA program at Ohio State University, he currently lives with his wife and daughter in Branchburg, New Jersey, and teaches academic and creative writing at Rutgers University.