Though originally from the South, Matt Lewerenz is a Midwestern adoptee and long-time Clinton, IA resident. He received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Liberal Arts degree in 2006 from Ashford University, where he attended the Clinton, IA campus. During his time as an Ashford student he served as editor of the Clinton campus newspaper, The Clarion, and received the Joan Walsh Richeson Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts. He earned his Master of Arts in English degree in 2011 from Western Illinois University, where his concentration was literary biography. Currently he serves as a Clugston Teaching Fellow at Ashford's Clinton campus, instructing undergraduate English courses while completing his PhD. His academic interests include biographical literary criticism, with a special interest in the life and work of Charles Dickens, as well as a broad range of liberal arts interests, including history, philosophy, art, music, new media, and cultural studies. In his free time he likes to hang out with his two sons, Elijah and Moses, and their dogs Rosco and Sammy, and explore new places and ideas.