Mathias B. Freese

Teacher and psychotherapist, I hold masters degrees in secondary education and social work from Queens College of the City University of New York and Stony Brook University. For more than thirty years I taught English and social studies in New York secondary schools. An analytically trained and insight-oriented psychotherapist, I have incorporated my abiding interest in Eastern thought into my life and my work, leading workshops on experiential and psycho-spiritual approaches to inner awareness.

Listed in Who’s Who in America, 56th Edition, Who’s Who Among American Teachers, A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers, and the International Authors Who’s Who, my work emphasizes creativity, spiritual wisdom, self-awareness, transcendence, and meaning. My short fiction has appeared in Jewish Currents, Pig Iron Press, and Skywriters, among other magazines. My nonfiction articles have appeared in the New York Times, Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, and Publishers Marketing Association Newsletter. In 2005, the Society of Southwestern Authors honored me with a first-place award for personal/essay memoir.

Within a two-week span, I wrote i, the first novella of my i Tetralogy. The next three volumes, I Am Gunther, Gunther’s Lament, and Gunther Redux followed in quick succession, fulfilling a compelling, psychologically imaginative need on my part to fathom my own personal sense of Shoah. At the center of the apocalyptic nightmare of the Holocaust is most everything we need know about our nature — and our gods, I have concluded. And so the i Tetralogy aspires to reflect the shadow of that stark reality that happened more than sixty years ago but perturbs us to this day. Google my name or i Tetralogy to find reviews and interviews with me. In January Down to a Sunless Sea, a collection of my short stories, will be published; recently the Tetralogy was awarded the Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award for best historical fiction of 2007.

2 responses to “About

  1. Matt:
    I have been cleaning out files and just ran across a letter from you to me when I owned Cottonwood Press. It seems I must have written something encouraging to you, and you wrote a letter back to me that said, “…you knocked my socks off with your affirming response–a writer needs that.” I have no memory at all of this, but I decided to look you up. I found that you have evidently been very successful as a writer. Congratulations!

  2. Reviewing: This Mobius Strip of Ifs by Mathias Freese.
    This is a little difficult for me being an old Casino person who is used to speaking it language of: dis dat and da udder and that dirty mudder. I am definitely not a word smith like the other reviewers. So please excuse my language and punctuation.
    I will first say that I enjoyed the book and many of his thoughts even though I did not agree with some of them. I totally agree with him that we are a product of our environment whether it is family, school, religion or even our peers. I also agree that we need to break these chains to become free.
    This book is about his thoughts on life and also a lot of his life and the stresses that molded him into the man that he is.
    I like a lot of his parables like the fly that through its efforts turned milk into cheese. Another one was about our school system which I totally agree and I will only give you the ending lines. “You leave school as a fixture of society, one more 100 watt bulb screwed into a subway ceiling”. The truth of the matter is that the school system brainwashes our children into the mindless drones of society which I call Sheeple as does Mathias call “Sheep” in his book. He does look up the Thomas Jefferson and his beliefs which all Americans should. Even if this Socialist in the White House doesn’t (my political views). He looks up to Freud and other existential authors. He chronicles many of his experiences in life and the sadness that they have brought to him. He emphasizes that you should know who you are.
    I do disagree with him on our religion but not on his feeling on other religions. He also speaks on the movies and the effects on him and his enjoyment and none of the movies are really current (Thank God). He speaks on the Holocaust and its many effects on our society and especially the effect on Jews. There are so many other jewels in this book that it definitely deserves to be read. I am giving it to my 30 year old son to read because I believe that it will have a profound effect on him. I would recommend this book to anybody who wants to think about and experience life.

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