Matthew E Nordin is a speculative fiction writer and a Midwestern traveler. He grew up in a rural setting on a farm outside of Gothenburg, Nebraska. His mind would thirst for sci-fi and fantasy books during his years attending a one-room, country school. The extensive library contained works well above the average reading level of an elementary student. He discovered the power of books over emotions after reading Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, and never recovered.
As an avid reader of poetry, Matthew found himself creating over one hundred poems throughout high school. Those sappy lyrics were (hopefully) burned and replaced by a number of eloquent poems and stories, springing up across the internet in various forms. His complete works were available on allpoetry.com for a brief moment before he removed them to begin his collective book of poems, Musings of the Northern Poet.
Matthew lived in the Old Market area of Omaha for over ten years after graduating from Grace University. There he earned a double Bachelor of Science in Christian Education and Biblical Studies. His devotion to the study of Scripture and faith in God have driven him to seek the goodwill of others and love unconditionally. Although there is more to learn, he refers to himself as an unfinished Christian.
He met his soul mate and wife, Lisa, while performing at a Renaissance Festival with Evengard Improv, a theater troupe he co-founded and now leads. The company started in 2010 under the direction of Stephen Goodale. They have performed hundreds of shows at some of the most unique locations. Stephen relinquished the reigns to the organization in 2014 but continues to join the zazzy actors. Matthew (the Northern Poet) and Lisa (Story) can be seen doing stage and street shows at Ren Faires and Sci-Fi conventions across the Mid-West.
In 2014, the developers of Elfwood for Sixcess Core asked Matthew to write some poetical prophesies and sea shanties for their role-playing game. The project, set to release in 2016, by Harsh Realities features a handful of Matthew’s work (harshrealities.org). Joseph DeMarco, the line developer, commented how his intriguing poems ring through and touch the lives of the future. They have requested more short stories from Matthew’s mind for future projects.
After attending a panel with a number of writers from the Handsome Author Society of Colorado, Matthew’s writing career took shape. Now scattering short stories to the masses, he is secretly formulating a series of fantasy novels with a dash of science fiction tales to spice things up. His love of writing conferences, workshops, and classes have spurred his passion to imagine and set those thoughts into print. His quill has not ceased spawning new stories as they flow like the wind through Hasselhoff’s hair.
Matthew keeps active in social media and maintains a weekly blog to inform his incredible followers. You can find the quips and tips he learned on his Twitter account (@matthewenordin), and read his WordPress blog (matthewenordin.com). Keep an eye on this one; there are not enough words in dwarfish, elfish, or the languages of men to describe him further.