Robert Mata

9146FBAD-3AAD-40E1-B802-A5AFCFCEBAB8Hi! I’m Robert Mata, a writer and artist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Currently, I am living and working in Columbus, Ohio. My debut print chapbook Death Salon is out now with Seven Kitchens Press.

My work has been published in The RumpusBrevityThe Florida Review, cream city reviewThe Indiana ReviewTHRUSH Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Work prior to 2023 has been published under Robert Julius.

Currently, I am at work on a novel and a book of essays.


“Noble Silence,” published in The Rappahannock Review, recounts my experience at a Buddhist meditation retreat while navigating grief and loss.


“Grief is an Empty Shell,” published in XRAY Magazine, explores the relationship between loss and growth. Grief is an Empty Shell Graphic

Death Salon, my debut print chapbook, is available now from Seven Kitchens Press.

You can IMG_6459order a copy from the press directly, or contact me to purchase a signed copy.


“Everyone You Meet Is God in Drag,” published in The Rumpus, is an intimate portrayal of the transformative powers of drag and chosen family.

Betweenlife_FinalCoverBetweenlife is a digital micro-chapbook about life, death, and the dance that goes on in-between. Part elegy, part ode to queer love, this mini-collection of poems risks opening up the tight heart of grief in order to see if there might be a glimmering pearl of hope. Published in 2019 by Ghost City Press.

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I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University and hold a BFA in Creative Writing and a BA in French from Chapman University. I offer a variety of services for writers, from workshops to editing manuscripts. If you are interested in working with me, please inquire on the Contact page.