About Matt Pelicano

Matt Pelicano was born in Central New York and by age 10 was already writing poems, lyrics, music, and stories. At the age of 17, Matt published his first compilation of poetry, followed by a second, one year later. At age 18, Matt’s poetry was featured with a centerfold spread in the New York Span and numerous inclusions in the monthly poetry journal, Omnific. Recently, one of Matt’s children’s books, Philbert LaRue had a Hole in his Shoe, was compared with the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein.

Matt has received nationwide media attention for his writing. Some of this press coverage can be seen on the Media page of this website. Matt's latest novel targets a middle school-aged (and older!) audience. The result of almost two years-worth of onsite research and set in Paris, France, A Butterfly in Paris is an adventure story, a travel guide, and a French language primer all rolled into one!

From his youth, Matt has always loved the poetry of E.E. Cummings, Shel Silverstein, TS Eliot, Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and William Shakespeare. His literary heroes include JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Oscar Wilde, Agatha Christie and David McCullough.

Matt has three grown children — Andy, Joey and Megan — and splits his time between South Carolina and France.

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