Longtime instructor Lou Mathews’ first attempt at a new genre, mystery/noir, has been honored as an Other Distinguished Story in the 2019 Best American Mystery Stories anthology. His story, “Crab Dinners” was published in Santa Cruz Noir, edited by Susie Bright.

“I’d never written any mystery or noir stories,” Mathews said, “but Susie asked me to write one, and you can’t turn Susie down. She was a wonderful editor, really taught me the conventions of Noir and helped to shape the story.”

Mathews has taught in the Writers’ Program for more than 30 years. He was named a teacher of the year for the Writers’ Program in 1992 and a UCLA Extension Distinguished Instructor in 2018.  More of Mathews thoughts on teaching and the Writers’ Program can be found at:  https://writers.uclaextension.edu/2017/09/26/instructor-interview-lou-mathews/

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