Publications


The Bonnie & Clyde Files

The Bonnie & Clyde Files

In 2017, at the age of 53, I experienced an extinction of self. For the first time in my life, I could not get a job, I was nearly broke, and I had no freedom of movement or conscience. I was an American outcast trapped in a labyrinth known as probation,...
Of Walking In Rain

Of Walking In Rain

In October 2012, as the longest summer drought in recorded Oregon history finally gave way to the rainy season, author Matt Love decided to write a book in real time reflecting upon the state’s most famous cultural asset and what it means to live i...
Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast

Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast

Dear Friends of Nestucca Spit Press and Oregon Literature: I used to think I was the expert on driftwood forts on the Oregon Coast. That is, until I met James Herman, who has taken it to a new dynamic level with his book, Driftwood Forts of the Oregon...
Rose City Heist

Rose City Heist

Rose City Heist unfolds in the languid pre-Portlandia era when Portland wasn’t a coffee or dog or bike or quirky indie rock city. It was a cheap gray town with nothing to do where you never waited in line for anything, especially not to eat breakfast. N...
A Nice Piece of Astoria

A Nice Piece of Astoria

He never even intended on writing a book. “The city’s wonders and eccentricities practically dragooned me into writing it,” said Love. “I’ve lived on the Oregon Coast for 18 years and written a lot about coastal subjects, but nothing has inspired ...
The Gigging Life: Lessons Learned on the Literary Road

The Gigging Life: Lessons Learned on the Literary Road

It’s been a far out journey that featured special appearances by Maurice Lucas, Cheryl Strayed, Psycho Sailor, Oregon State Penitentiary, Ken Kesey, Vortex I, Ted Nugent, Legion of the Rock, Tom McCall, Jim Harrison, Beaver Man, Paul Newman and many m...
Oregon Tavern Age

Oregon Tavern Age

In this rollicking and introspective book, Oregon Tavern Age: Sketches of Coastal Drinking Life, Love takes you inside these fiercely independent and unpretentious joints and reports the most memorable moments—poignant and preposterous—of what’s he ob...
The Tom Petty Christmas Mission & Other Holiday Tales

The Tom Petty Christmas Mission & Other Holiday Tales

In these four tales, Love introduces you to a fashionable Portland couple who try to channel the spirit of Tom Petty on Christmas Eve to save their vapid souls; a young boy who rescues an abused dog for Christmas; a teenage boy from Nebraska who receives...
Super Sunday in Newport

Super Sunday in Newport

Notes From My First Year in Town By Matt Love New in the Northwest: 'Super Sunday in Newport' Call me Matthew. Some weeks ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, I found myself cruising Highway 101 in Newport...
Sometimes a Great Movie

Sometimes a Great Movie

In June 1970, the biggest movie star in the world traveled to the Oregon Coast to film an epic novel about a defiant family of loggers written by a home grown counterculture hero. The star was Paul Newman. The author was Ken Kesey. The story was Sometimes...
Love & The Green Lady

Love & The Green Lady

Oregon opened the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport on Labor Day 1936. Built during the New Deal, the Yaquina Bay Bridge was the aesthetic and engineering brainchild of Conde McCullough, Oregon’s State Bridge Engineer from 1919 to 1937. For 75 years t...
Red Hot and Rollin'

Red Hot and Rollin'

A Retrospection of The Portland Trailblazers' 1976-77 Championship Season Edited by Matt Love SOLD OUT On June 5, 1977 the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers to win their first and only NBA Championship. The next day, two...
The Far Out Story of Vortex I

The Far Out Story of Vortex I

By Matt Love SOLD OUT The Far Out Story of Vortex I, documented the 1970 free rock festival held in Oregon that holds the distinction of being the first and only state sanctioned, state sponsored event of its kind in American history. Summer...
Grasping Wastrels vs Beaches Forever, Inc.

Grasping Wastrels vs Beaches Forever, Inc.

Covering the Fights for the Soul of the Oregon Coast By Matt Love SOLD OUT In 1913 Oregon Governor Oswald West said of the state's beaches: "No local selfish interest should be permitted, through politics or otherwise, to destroy or even impair...
Citadel of the Spirit

Citadel of the Spirit

Oregon's Sesquincentennial Anthology Edited by Matt Love SOLD OUT Citadel of the Spirit  merges past and present Oregon voices to create what Love calls the “literary equivalent of a mix tape,” rather than a traditional greatest hits anthology. "I w...
Old Nehalem Road

Old Nehalem Road

Poems by Travis Champ In the hearty tradition of Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen and Walt Curtis, Nestucca Spit Press is proud to present Manzanita’s Travis Champ, and the release of his collection of poems, Old Nehalem Road. Featuring thirty poems, a...
Gimme Refuge

Gimme Refuge

The Education of a Caretaker SOLD OUT Frustrated with life, teaching, and the inability to become a writer, Matt Love escaped Portland in 1997 at 33 years of age and moved to the Oregon Coast. A year later he became caretaker of the 600-acre Nestucca...
The Teaching Maxims of Karl Love

The Teaching Maxims of Karl Love

My father, Karl Love, taught masterfully for 35 years in public and private schools in Oregon and Brazil. He retired from the classroom in 1991 but it was my good fortune to teach alongside Dad at Oregon City High School during his last job. I was...
Chance of Sun

Chance of Sun

An Oregon Memoir By Kim Cooper Findling In her debut as an author, Kim Cooper Findling’s Chance of Sun: An Oregon Memoir, unfolds the story of an Oregon girl coming of age in the 1970s and 80s, navigating her way through pick-up trucks, dive bars, h...
McCallandia

McCallandia

eBook Only A couple of years ago I asked the question: what if iconic Oregon Governor Tom McCall had become president of the United States instead of Ronald Reagan. I don’t have to wonder any longer, and you don’t either. That’s becau...
The Great Birthright

The Great Birthright

An Oregon Novel SOLD OUT Nestucca Spit Press announces the release of The Great Birthright: An Oregon Novel , by Matt Love. In his fiction debut, Love bends and twists the detective novel genre with hilarious, unexpected and political results....
Salt

Salt

A Collection of Poetry on the Oregon Coast Edited by Amanda Deutch Salt's 32 poets' contributions reflect the special nature of Oregon's beaches and the range of influence the state's coastal landscape has exerted on American poetry over many...