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Matthew Pallamary's Biography

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Carlsbad, CA
Jun 2008

Matthew J. Pallamary's historical novel of first contact between shamans and Jesuits in 18th century South America, titled, Land Without Evil, has been published in hardcover by Charles Publishing, and has received rave reviews along with a San Diego Book Award for mainstream fiction and was chosen as a Reading Group Choices selection. It has been adapted into a full-length stage and sky show by Austin’s Sky Candy and Agent Red, directed by Agent Red, and is the subject of a PBS series, Arts in Context. This episode was nominated for an EMMY.

His latest book, The Infinity Zone: A Transcendent Approach to Peak Performance is a collaboration with professional tennis coach Paul Mayberry which offers a fascinating exploration of the phenomenon that occurs at the nexus of perfect form and motion, bringing balance, power, and coordination to physical and mental activities.

Matt’s work has appeared in Oui, New Dimensions, The Iconoclast, Starbright, Infinity, Passport, The Short Story Digest, Redcat, The San Diego Writer's Monthly, Connotations, Phantasm, Essentially You, The Haven Journal, and many others. His fiction has been featured in The San Diego Union Tribune which he has also reviewed books for, and his work has been heard on KPBS-FM in San Diego, KUCI FM in Irvine, television Channel Three in Santa Barbara, and The Susan Cameron Block Show in Vancouver. He has been a guest on the following nationally syndicated talk shows; Paul Rodriguez, In The Light with Michelle Whitedove, and Environmental Directions Radio series. Mr. Pallamary has also appeared on the following nationally syndicated television shows speaking about fading cultures; Bridging Heaven and Earth, Elyssa's Raw and Wild Food Show, Things That Matter, and ECONEWS.

His first book The Small Dark Room Of The Soul is in its second printing and has been e-published by Alexandria Digital Literature. It has also been mentioned in The Year's Best Horror and Fantasy. His second short story collection, A Short Walk To The Other Side, was published as an e-book, by Mystic-Ink, an imprint of the Digital Literature Institute. Dreamland a novel about computer generated dreaming, written with Ken Reeth was also published as an e-book by Mystic-Ink and won the 2002 Independent e-Book Award in the Horror/Thriller category.

He has taught a fiction workshop at the Southern California Writers' Conference in San Diego, Palm Springs, and Los Angeles, and at the Santa Barbara Writers' Conference for over twenty years. He has lectured at the Greater Los Angeles Writer’s Conference, the Getting It Write conference in Oregon, the Saddleback Writers' Conference, the Rio Grande Writers' Seminar, the National Council of Teachers of English, The San Diego Writer's and Editor's Guild, The San Diego Book Publicists, and he has been a panelist at the World Fantasy Convention, Con-Dor, and Coppercon. He is presently Editor in Chief of Muse Harbor Publishing.

Matt also received the Man of the Year 2000 from San Diego Writer's Monthly Magazine. His memoir Spirit Matters detailing his journeys to Peru, working with shamanic plant medicines took first place in the San Diego Book Awards Spiritual Book Category, and was an Award-Winning Finalist in the autobiography/memoir category of the National Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. Spirit Matters is available as an audio book. He frequently visits the jungles, mountains, and deserts of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism and ancient cultures.

International Book Awards Winner - The Infinity Zone

San Diego Book Award for The Infinity Zone

USA Book News Award Winning Finalist for Spirit Matters

San Diego Book Awards - Spirit Matters 1st Place - Best Spiritual Book

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Publishers

San Diego Writer's Monthly Press
Charles Publishing
Mystic Ink Publishing