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Micah Mattix, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English & Communication Studies757.352.4464

Micah Mattix, Ph.D.


Dr. Mattix, an associate professor in Regent’s English & Communications Studies division, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and his master’s and bachelor’s from North Carolina State University. His research interests include modern and contemporary poetry and fiction and criticism.

“In my classes, we read texts carefully and take writing with clarity and nuance seriously. In studying great works of literature, we learn about ourselves, our world, and the God who created both. My hope is that students will not only become clearer thinkers as a result but also come to the value of benefit of contemplating the true and the beautiful in their own right,” shares Mattix.

Mattix serves as the poetry editor for First Things. He’s also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and has written regularly for The Wall Street Journal. Recognized as “one of the best critics of poetry now at work” by John Wilson, former Books & Culture editor, he authored The Soul Is a Stranger in This World: Essays on Poets and Poetry—available on Amazon. He is currently finishing an anthology of contemporary Christian poetry (Paraclete Press) and will be available in Spring 2022.

Mattix was born in Spokane, Washington, but spent most of his adult life in the South, minus six years in Switzerland. He also enjoys watching hockey and the Tour de France, reading, cycling, and traveling. He and his wife have four children and two German Shorthaired Pointers.


  • Ph.D., University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • M.A., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  • B.A., North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC



  • The Soul Is a Stranger in this World: Essays on Poetry and Poets (2019)
  • Frank O’Hara and the Poetics of Saying “I” (2011)

Selected Essays and Articles:

  • “The Permanence and Failure of Surrealism.” New Criterion (2018).
  • “Milton’s Morality.” The Weekly Standard (2018).
  • “1922 and All That.” The Wall Street Journal (2017).
  • “The Poem that Made Picasso Possible” The Wall Street Journal (2016).
  • “Crisis in Conscience.” The Wall Street Journal (2016).
  • “I Wandered around This Glow.” Books and Culture (2015).
  • “The Poet: Companion to the Common Man.” Chronicles Magazine (2015).
  • “Portrait of the Artist as a Caveman.” The New Atlantis 38 (2013): 128-139.
  • “Family Man.” National Review (2013).
  • “Have You Ever Tried to Sell a Poem on Craigslist?” The Atlantic (2013).
  • “Walker Percy's Alternative to Scientism in The Thanatos Syndrome.” Political Companion to Walker Percy. Eds. Peter Lawler and Brian A. Smith. Louisville: University of Kentucky Press (2013): 145-158.
  • “Back to Blood.” The Washington Times (2012).
  • “A True Account?” Pleiades 31.2 (2011).
  • “On Christian Literature.” Comment Magazine (3 December 2010).
  • “Periodization and Difference.” New Literary History 35.4 (2004): 685-697.


  • First Things, poetry editor
  • The American Conservative, former literary editor
  • The Weekly Standard, former contributing editor


  • National Book Critics Circle


  • Member, National Book Critics Circle
  • Member, Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers
  • Contributing Editor, The Weekly Standard
  • Young Researcher’s Grant, Swiss National Science Foundation