Matthew Goulish co-founded Goat Island in 1987, and Every house has a door in 2008.
His books include 39 Microlectures – in proximity of performance (Routledge, 2000), Small Acts of Repair – Performance, Ecology, and Goat Island, which he co-edited with Stephen Bottoms (Routledge, 2007), The Brightest Thing in the World – 3 lectures from The Institute of Failure (Green Lantern Press, 2012), and Work from Memory, a collaboration with the poet Dan Beachy-Quick (Ahsahta, 2012). He was awarded a Lannan Foundation Writers Residency in 2004. In 2007 he received an honorary Ph.D. from Dartington College of Arts, University of Plymouth, and he shared the United States Artists Ziporyn Fellowship in 2009 with Lin Hixson. He teaches in the B/MFA Writing Program of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.