About Matthew Clark Davison

Matthew Clark Davison

I’m a fiction writer, lecturer in creative writing, and coach living in San Francisco. I've worked as a Communications Coach at Stanford Graduate School of Business and also work one-on-one as a writing coach to help memoir and fiction writers of all levels deepen and finish their manuscripts. I hold a BA in English Literature and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University where I’ve been teaching since 1998. 

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, Work In Progress, Teaching Creative Writing, Transfer Literary Magazine, and Fourteen Hills. I'm an Artist Mentor for Performing Arts Workshop, the non-profit that once hired me as the Writer in Residence at LYRIC.

I’ve read at several diverse venues across the country, including: The San Francisco Public Library, The Poetry Center, LitQuake's LitCrawl, Book Thug Nation in Brooklyn, NY, Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, Adobe Books, Million Fishes Gallery, The Shanti Project, Glide Church, and The Guild Complex in Chicago. Along with Maxine Hong Kingston and others, I was interviewed for a radio program titled Voices at the End of the Rainbow.

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, ROADMAP, 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 and is represented by Mackenzie Brady at New Leaf Literary and Media in New York.