Matthew J. Hefti is the author of A Hard and Heavy Thing, Tyrus Books/F+W (January 2016). He was born in Canada and grew up in Wisconsin. After 9/11, he visited the Armed Forces recruiter. He then spent 12 years as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. He deployed twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan, once to Iraq as an EOD team member and the remaining three tours as an EOD team leader. While enlisted, he earned a BA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. He is now working, studying, and living in Madison, Wisconsin, where he is pursuing his Juris Doctor at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He spends most of his time working for the Wisconsin Innocence Project, working to free the wrongfully convicted. His words have been seen in Pennsylvania English; Blue Moon Literary & Art Review; Chad Harbach’s MFA v. NYC; and War, Literature and the Arts. Along with Adrian Bonenberger, David James, and Michael Carson, he writes regularly at www.Wrath-BearingTree.com.