1120 Press is proud to announce it will be adding two new authors this year. Announcements will be coming in late summer 2021.

J. Matthew Smith


Born and raised in Buffalo NY, J. Matthew Smith worked 20 years as a journalist, covering everything from crime to the military to New York state politics. He is the author of "Jailed by My Father: Tales of Tough Love, Bad Haircuts and O.J." (Red Roach/Manual Press, 2007). Smith also is co-author of 'Stay Away from Lions'  — a black comedy crime noir novel set in Buffalo (No Frills Buffalo, 2016), written with Patrick Reynolds. His latest book: "2-5-24 Ugly Poems and Hideous Tales from an Illegitimate Man" from 1120 Press marks the independent publishing house's inaugural launch. A resident of Albany NY, Smith is also a contributing editor and photographer for Alternative Incite, an internationally distributed 'Zine published by Butter Lamb Press, and works regularly as a content editor for various authors. In his spare time he co-hosts The Smartest Guy in the Room podcast available on Apple, Spotify and Google podcasts. Smith's photography can be seen at mattsmithimages.com

Books by this Author:


"Stay Away from Lions" — Available on Amazon


"Jailed By My Father -Tales of Tough Love, Bad Haircuts and O.J." - Available online at the 1120Press shop and Amazon



"2-5-24 Ugly Poems and Hideous Tales from an Illegitimate Man" 


Available online at the 1120Press shop, at shoptbmbooks.com and on Amazon.


Also at: The Bookouse, Albany; Market Block Books, Troy; Turn the Page, Hamburg; Dog Ears Bookstore, Buffalo.