About Matthew Clark Davison

Matthew Clark Davison is the author of the novel Doubting Thomas (Amble Press '21), which was hailed as one of "46 Must-Read Books by Queer Authors" in Esquire Magazine, and won Honorable Mention in Forward Review's INDIES Awards. He is creator and teacher of The Lab :: Writing Classes with MCD, a non-academic school started in 2007 in a friend's living room on Douglass Street. The textbook version of The Lab, co-authored by bestselling writer Alice LaPlante, will be published by W.W. Norton. His prose has been published in or on BOMB, LitHub, Lambda Literary, The Advocate, Exquisite Pandemic, Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Lumina Magazine, and others; and has been recognized with a Creative Work Grant, Cultural Equities Grant, Clark Gross Award for a Novel-in-Progress, and a Stonewall Alumni Award. Matthew is a member of The Writers Grotto and serves on the board of Foglifter Journal and Press

Matthew earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU, where he now teaches full-time in the BA/MA/MFA departments. Matthew served as the Chief Artistic Strategist at Performing Arts Workshop, where he worked for eleven years as a teaching artist and as a mentor to newly-hired teaching artists who bring intensive residencies in various art forms to children who may not otherwise receive an arts education. He has also coached writing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and continues to coach established and aspiring writers on their creative manuscripts. 

Courses taught at SFSU include: MFA Process in Creative Nonfiction, Characterization, Style in Fiction, 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


photo by Robyn Navarro

high-res images of Doubting Thomas

author photos, all by Robyn Navarro.