Matthew Whitley is a writer, poet, researcher and anarchist organizer with the Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council - MACC NYC. He is currently a PhD student in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research is focused on alternative economies in the Kurdish Freedom Movement. He also serves on the steering committee of the Emergency Committee for Rojava and co-edits the radical artists' imprint Cicada Press. His work has appeared in various publications and exhibitions including N+1, Syrian Democratic Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Translit (St. Petersburg), and in "Vertical Reach: Political Violence & Militant Aesthetics," organized under Yale's "Utopia after Utopia" research initiative. His poetry chapbook, "Do You Like the Word Crisis?", was published by Commune Editions in 2019.