Matt Posner

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Matt Posner is a writer from Queens, New York.

Matt's association with furry literature comes from his association with furry literature publisher and writer Watts Martin. Matt met Watts at New College and contributed to mainstream publications Watts created there.

In 1991, Matt was at Florida State University working on his M.A. in creative writing when Watts solicited him to write a story to help launch his upcoming furry publication, Mythagoras. Matt wrote "The Boar Goes North," which was inspired by the old TSR Gamma World game, or, rather, by a similar role-playing game Matt had written himself. The boar was named Oklahoma because Matt's mother is from Oklahoma. Sand the cat was included because Matt was a fan of having pet cats at that time, but was not based on any specific cat. Both these characters were intended to be a mixture of human and animal personality traits. Matt notes that this has since been done with greater expertise by Michael Crichton, with the transgenic animals Dave and Gerrard in the novel Next. "I wish I could say he got the idea from me," Matt says.

A few months later, Watts had changed his publication name to Zoomorphica, for reasons Matt can't recall. Matt wrote for this publication a sequel to "The Boar Goes North." The new story, published in two successive issues, was entitled "The Furriers." It expanded the cast by adding a companion for Oklahoma and Sand, named Tyler the Robot Storyteller. The plot had to do with a field of anthropomorphic corn stalks. It may have been a better story than "The Boar Goes North", according to Matt.

Around 2001-2002, Matt was approached by Fred Patten to include the story "The Boar Goes North" in the anthology Best in Show and agreed. "The Furriers" has never been reprinted.

Currently Matt is a teacher for the New York City Department of Education and various other places in the city. He writes and performs poetry for The Exploration Project, a multimedia group that performs about five times a year in Manhattan, also featuring a guitarist and a painter. Matt has novels (not furry) available and is looking for a literary agent.

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