Introducing Booksmith's newest Upstream author: Matthew Clark Davison!
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Matthew Clark Davison's debut novel, Doubting Thomas is writer/editor Michael Nava’s first acquisition for the newly-minted Amble Press. His textbook, called The Lab, Working Across Genre, co-authored by bestselling writer Alice LaPlante, will be published by W. W. Norton in 2022. Partially based on the (now online) non-academic school Matthew started in 2007 in a friend's living room, also called The Lab, the book aims to help readers (whether or not they consider themselves writers) generate new and surprising material, then shape it.
His prose is anthologized in Empty The Pews (Epiphany Publishing) and 580-Split; and published in Foglifter, The Advocate, Guernica, The Atlantic Monthly, Lumina Magazine, Fourteen Hills, Per Contra, Educe, 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 earned a BA and MFA in Creative Writing from SFSU, where he now teaches creative writing full-time. “An unlikely outcome,” Matthew says, as he left home at fifteen, a runaway and high school dropout, who eventually landed in San Francisco. Labeled "high-risk” for AIDS, he somehow survived, and Janice Mirikitani encouraged Matthew to study Creative Writing at SFSU, soon after he started his first writing class with Jan and June Jordan in the basement of Glide Church.
Matthew has also coached writing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and continues to coach established and aspiring writers on their creative manuscripts. He served as the Chief Artistic Strategist at Performing Arts Workshop, where he worked for eleven years as a teaching artist (his first residency was a twelve-week writing workshop for LGBTQ+ Youth) and as a mentor to newly-hired teaching artists who aimed to bring intensive residencies in various art forms to young people.
A recent transplant from San Francisco to Oakland, Matthew lives with his husband Ansu, an immunologist, HIV and cancer researcher.
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