Matthew Aaron Goodman’s novel, Hold Love Strong was a Barnes &Noble Discover Great New Writers Book, a USA Today “New Voices Pick”, and nominated for an Alex Award by the American Library Association. His writing has been published by Pen America, the Green Mountains Review, The Multicultural Review, the Jewish Week, the Beacon Street Review, Canteen Magazine, Tikkun Magazine, and El Museo de Historicidad among other national and international publications. In 2016, he was the recipient of a grant from the Cultural Affairs Department of the United States Embassy in Chile to share best teaching practices with schools in agricultural communities throughout Chile. He has created and spearheaded education programs for formerly incarcerated men, women, and youth as well as taught at Hunter College, Colegio Nido de Aguilas, The University of San Diego, High Tech High, and Avenues: The World School. Currently, Matthew lives in NYC with a beautiful woman and two beautiful sons.