Born and raised in Buffalo, J. Matthew Smith worked for nearly 20 years as a journalist, covering a wide range of issues inluding crime, the military and New York state politics. He is the author of "Jailed By May Father: Tales of Tough Love, Bad Hair Cuts and O.J." (Red Roach/Manual Press, 2007). Smith also is co-author of 'Stay Away From Lions'  — a black comedy crime noir novel set in Buffalo (No Frills Buffalo/2016). Written with fellow Buffalo-born writer Patrick Reynolds 'Stay Away From Lions' is available on Amazon, barnesandnobles.com and nofrillsbuffalo.com. Smith is also co-founder of the satirical newspaper The Albany Smudge. A diehard Buffalo Sabres fan, he lives in Albany, NY.

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