Matthew Del Papa
Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Matthew Del Papa has been in a wheelchair since the early 1980s. A graduate of Laurentian University (MA Humanities), past president of the Sudbury Writers’ Guild, and currently on the board of directors for Wordstock Sudbury Literary Festival, he has been writing steadily since 2005. Matthew published his first collection of essays, Jerry Lewis Told Me I Was Going to Die in May 2023. This humorous collection is centered on life with a disability, growing up in a small town in Northern Ontario. He is also an amateur local historian and part-time columnist; his work has been published in newspapers and magazines, as well as anthologies such as Spooky Sudbury (Dundurn Press, 2013) and Nothing Without Us Too (Renaissance Press, 2022). He lives in Capreol, Ontario.