Matt Mayr grew up in a small mining community north of Lake Superior, where he learned to hunt and fish from a very young age. He holds an Honours English Degree from York University, and attended the Humber School for Writers mentorship program twice. He has traveled extensively in India, Nepal, and South America, trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp, and paddling deep into the Amazon Basin. In 2016, Matt landed an Ontario Arts Council grant for his forthcoming literary fiction novel set in Northern Ontario. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter, where he works as an arborist.

Matt is represented by Haskell Nussbaum of The Rights Factory literary agency in Toronto.