About Matthew Clark Davison

I’m a writer, lecturer, and coach living in San Francisco. I hold a BA in English Literature and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University where I’ve been teaching in the Creative Writing BA/MA/MFA programs since 1998. As a coach, I work one-on-one with fiction, memoir, and narrative non-fiction writers on their manuscripts. I also coach teaching artists in my role as Artist Mentor for Performing Arts Workshop, the non-profit that once hired me as the Writer in Residence at LYRIC. I've also coached writing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. 

Courses I’ve taught at SFSU include: Characterization, Short Story Writing, Uses of Personal Experience, Directed Writing (a one-on-one tutorial), Writers on Writing, Craft of Fiction, Style in Fiction, The Short-Short Story, Works In Progress, Personal Narrative, Teaching Creative Writing, Transfer Literary Magazine, and Fourteen Hills

I’ve read at several venues across the country, including: The San Francisco Public Library, The Poetry Center, Adobe Books, Million Fishes Gallery, The Shanti Project, Glide Church, LitQuake's LitCrawl, Book Thug Nation in Brooklyn, NY, Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and The Guild Complex in Chicago. 

My short fiction and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of literary journals, both bound and online, including: The Atlantic Monthy’s Unbound, Lumina, Per ContraLodestar Quarterly, and 580-Split.

The novel manuscript I wrote in graduate school won the Clark/Gross Novel-in-Progress Contest and was granted a Stonewall Alumni Association Award for excellence. 

My second manuscript, LETTERS TO THE DEAD, which I recently completed, was awarded a Cultural Equities Grant from The Arts Commission of San Francisco.