Matt Briggs was born in Seattle at the University of Washington Hospital and raised in the Snoqualmie Valley. His first book, The Remains of River Names, was published by Black Heron Press in 1999 and he has two new books of fiction coming out in the next year or so. StringTown Press will publish a collection of very short stories, Misplaced Alice, in August. Clear Cut Press will release Shoot the Buffalo, a novel, in 2003. His writing has been awarded a King County Arts Commission Publication Grant, The Hugo House Gift Exchange Award, and a Seattle Arts Commission Individual Artist Award.