The Short of It
Matthew Félix’s work extends a subtle invitation to delve deeper, whether by awakening us to our inner voices, taking us places we might not go otherwise, reminding us of our shared experience through laughter, or, via his weekly podcast, providing a platform for stories that matter.
The Longer of It
Matthew Félix is an author, podcast producer and host, and traveler. He has lived in San Francisco for more than 20 years.
Adventure, humor, and spirituality infuse Matthew’s work, which often draws on his time living in Spain, France, and Turkey, as well as travels in over fifty countries.
Matthew’s debut novel, A Voice Beyond Reason, is the story of how a young Spaniard's awakening to his intuition gets him out of his head, so he can follow his heart. An excerpt deemed particularly evocative of a sense of place was selected for inclusion in the Creative Process Exhibition, launched at the Sorbonne and traveling to forty leading universities around the world.
Matthew's travel-story collection, With Open Arms, recounts his humorous and harrowing experiences on two trips to Morocco. The collection has topped the Amazon Africa category, as well as the Morocco one three times. Stories from both With Open Arms and Matthew’s new collection received Gold honors in their respective categories of the 2018 Solas Awards.
The latter, entitled Porcelain Travels, recounts Matthew’s experiences in, on, and around toilets, tubs, and showers encountered on his travels. Publishers Weekly noted that “Felix returns with an offbeat yet funny collection of stories of his travels abroad...united by a common theme." Porcelain Travels has been a number one bestseller in Amazon’s Travel Humor and Literary Travel categories, and is a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award finalist. The collection received further recognition in the 2019 Solas Awards, where its stories received Gold, Silver, and Bronze honors. Matthew was also awarded the $750 Silver Grand Prize for his story “The Citroën & the Pomegranate.”
Matthew’s weekly video podcast, Matthew Félix On Air, features “people who create and people who make a difference.” Matthew has also produced three podcasts based on his books and two others based on the radio program that later became his video show. He has appeared as a guest on CBS News Travel Editor Peter Greenberg’s Eye on Travel radio show, iHeart Radio’s The Travel Guys, the Ethical Traveler podcast, and others. Matthew has been a presenter and panelist at events for groups such as Litquake, Left Coast Writers, Book Passage, Bay Area Travel Writers, WordSpaceStudios, LitWings, Spoken Word Paris, and more. Matthew recently performed a one-man show based on his book, Porcelain Travels, as part of San Francisco’s Marsh’s theater’s Monday Night Marsh (see clip below).
When not working on writing projects or on the road, Matthew is likely to be found exploring the streets of San Francisco or hiking the trails of Northern California.