The Literary Magazine of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers
Author: Mike Mattison
Mike Mattison is a native of Minneapolis and a graduate of Harvard University. As a touring blues singer and songwriter with the Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band he has won two Grammy Awards for Best Blues Album, eight Blues Music Awards from the Blues Music Foundation, and four Canadian Maple Blues Awards. He also is a founding member of the duo Scrapomatic. Mattison has published essays of creative non-fiction, and he is the co-author, with Ernest Suarez, of Poetic Song Verse: Blues-based Popular Music and Poetry. He has recorded and shared the stage with B.B. King, Carlos Santana, the Allman Brothers Band, Solomon Burke and Herbie Hancock, and performed on five continents and in every state, except Alaska. He and Suarez currently are working on a book tentatively titled Ralph Ellison, Robert Penn Warren, and the American Century. He serves on the Council of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.