Clive Matson writes from an itch in his body
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Education

  • M.F.A. Poetry, School of the Arts, Columbia University, 1989
  • Undergraduate work, University of Chicago, 1958-59

Positions

Faculty in creative writing

  • University of California Extension, Berkeley, California, 1985-present
  • John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California, 1993-1995

Creative writing workshops taught

(more than 3000), including Umbria, Italy, 2006; Oakland Adult Art Camp, 2000; Woodstock Art Guild, Woodstock, New York, 1989; Soledad Prison, California, 1983; Woodstock Art Guild, Woodstock, New York, spring 1989; Soledad Prison, California, spring 1983

Readings coordinator

  • Poetry & Pizza, San Francisco, 1999-2010
  • Cody’s Books, Berkeley, California, 1979-81

Publications

Volumes of Poetry

  • CHALCEDONY’S SECOND TEN SONGS (Minotaur Press, Pt. Townsend, Washington: 2009) 35pp
  • MAINLINE TO THE HEART and other poems (reissued, Regent Press, Berkeley, CA: 2009) 92pp
  • CHALCEDONY’S FIRST TEN SONGS (Minotaur Press, Pt. Townsend, Washington: 2007) 36pp
  • SQUISH BOOTS (Broken Shadow Publications, Oakland, California: 2002) 69pp
  • HOURGLASS (Seagull Press, Oakland, California: 1987) 53pp
  • EQUAL IN DESIRE (ManRoot, So. San Francisco, California: 1983) 25pp
  • ON THE INSIDE (Cherry Valley Editions, New York: 1982) 70pp
  • HEROIN (Neon Sun, Berkeley, California: 1972) 35pp
  • SPACE AGE (Croton Press, New York: 1969) 73pp
  • MAINLINE TO THE HEART (Poets Press, Kerhonkson, NY: 1966) 29pp

 

Poems featured in 12 anthologies, including

  • PASSIONATE HEARTS (New World Library, Novato, California: 1997)
  • HANG TOGETHER (Hanging Loose, Brooklyn: 1987)
  • LOVES, ETC. (Doubleday, NY: 1973)
  • 31 NEW AMERICAN POETS (Hill & Wang, NY: 1969)

 

Poems published in more than 100 journals, including

  • NIMROD, EXQUISITE CORPSE, HAWAII REVIEW, YELLOW SILK, NORTHERN CONTOURS, FACTOR (Mexico City), JEOPARDY, BERKELEY POETRY REVIEW, THE CENTENNIAL REVIEW, DALMO’MA, BLUE UNICORN, SILVER, INTREPID.

 

Poetry chapbooks

  • TOWERS DOWN with Diane di Prima (Eidolon Editions, S.F.: 2002)
  • SHAVED AT DAWN with John Oliver Simon (Aldebaran Review, Berkeley, Calif.: 1984)

 

Fiction

  • “Cache” in TULANE REVIEW (Tulane University, New Orleans: spring 2005)
  • “Guards” in WORD 60 (New York School of Visual Arts: fall 2004)
  • “Asbestos” in SANTA CLARA REVIEW (Santa Clara College, California: fall/winter 2003)
  • “Search” in SOUNDINGS EAST (Salem State College, Massachusetts: fall 2000)

 

Essays, including

  • “Remembering John Wieners,” in MONTESSART REVIEW no. 7, ed. Calder Lowe: fall 2003)
  • “Membrane Porous” in THE SPIRIT OF WRITING, ed. Mark Waldman (Tarcher, L.A.: 2001)
  • “Going Public” in POETS & WRITERS vol. 25 no. 2 (New York: March/April 1997)
  • “Robert Duncan and His Audience” in EXQUISITE CORPSE #57 (Baton Rouge, LA: 1996)
  • “Mapplethorpe: The Censorship of the Senses” in CULTURE CONCRETE (S.F.: 1992)
  • “Breath of Inspiration” (PRESUMPTIONS, Berkeley, California: 1987) 15pp

 

Nonfiction Volume

 

Readings

More than 2,000 poetry readings given, 1964-present, including 60 with musicians

Drama

 

  • NOBODY’S BUSINESS, full-length, Marin Theatre Co., workshop production July 1996
  • SPIKES, one act drama, Marin Theatre Co., workshop production October 1995
  • CACTUS, full-length comedy, The Nat Horne Theater, workshop production Sept.1989

 

Editorial

 

  • AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD BLIND – Poets on 9/11 with Allen Cohen (Regent Press, Oakland: 2002)

Provided developmental work on more than twenty volumes, including

  • CHINA DREAMS, Isabelle Maynard (University of Iowa: 1997)
  • GOD’S CARESS, Charles Cohen (Oxford University Press, New York: 1986)
  • LAMI, Alden Van Buskirk (Auerhahn Press, San Francisco: 1964)

 

Awards

  • Best Writing Teacher, Best of the East Bay 2006 (“Arts & Culture,” EAST BAY EXPRESS, Berkeley, California: May 3-9, 2006, p. 34)
  • 2003 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles National Literary Award (with the late Allen Cohen) for the anthology AN EYE FOR AN EYE MAKES THE WHOLE WORLD BLIND – Poets on 9/11 Columbia University Graduate Writing Fellowship, 1987-88