Mathilda-Anne Florence grew up in the Northern Boreal Forest of Northwestern Ontario, Canada. Over the last 2 decades, she has been travelling across North America, living in the Ice Box of the Nation–International Falls, MN, and the most haunted city in America–Savannah, GA. She has recently resettled back into her Northern roots in Canada. Her debut short story publication “Three Gardenias and a Box of Pens” is included in the typewriter themed anthology Cold Hard Type: Backspaces. She has on several occasions been invited to perform and read her works at the Iridescent Quill and the Flannery O’Connor Lectures. She is an original member of the Flannery O’Connor Peacock Guild. In 2018, Matty-Anne took on the challenge of On-Demand Typewriter Poetry Busking. She took to the streets of her home town with her 1929 Remington Portable 2, fondly named Walter. They are known together as “Walter & Mathilda”. Normally a novelist, the poetry busking gig has helped her connect with people and bring typewriters to young and old people. “I spend more time talking about typewriters and maintenance with people than I do writing poetry.” She is currently working on her third novel.
As a Creative, Matty-Anne enjoys exploring many avenues of artistry including yarn and fibre arts, watercolour, urban sketching, and as much reading as possible. She is also a typewriter revolutionist and refurbisher, with a small collection of vintage and antique machines. She has declared that it is the typewriter that has really helped her the most in her writing endeavours and encourages all writers to try it out.