About the Author
Matt has twenty years of teaching experience at major writer's conferences throughout the United States and is presently part of the faculty of the Southern California Writer's Conference and the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference.
His historical novel of first contact between shamans and Jesuits in 18th century South America, titled, Land Without Evil, has been published in hardcover by Charles Publishing, and has received rave reviews along with a San Diego Book Award for mainstream fiction. It is also recommended and required reading in over a dozen high school and college English departments throughout the United States and was chosen as a Reading Group Choices selection. Mr. Pallamary also received the 2000 Man of the Year award from San Diego Writer's Monthly Magazine. His memoir, titled SPIRIT MATTERS, chronicles Matt's life long search for truth that took him from the false spirituality of a violent concrete jungle in an Irish Catholic ghetto in Boston to the discovery of true spirituality in the jungles of the Amazon won first place in the San Diego Book Award Spiritual Book Category and was an Award Winning Finalist in the National Best Book Awards 2008.
He frequently visits the jungles, mountains, and deserts, of North, Central, and South America pursuing his studies of shamanism.