Clive’s is a vibrant community of fellow writers, poets, and community activists brought together by the desire for authentic self-expression. His community has been built through workshops, readings, publications, and the non-profit WordSwell.
Has met in Oakland's Temescal District on the second Friday of the month for 25 years, one of the oldest continuous readings in the Bay Area. Potluck at 6:30 pm, reading at 7:30 until 9:30 pm. Bring poems by you and/or your favorite poets to share, or come just to enjoy. (more)
THE POETS HOUSE CRAZY CHILD SCRIBBLER
The Scribbler is a vehicle for poetry and short pieces, both fiction and non-fiction, published by Clive Matson four times a year. The publication is committed to printing a wide variety of energetic writing coming from our youth and from others all the way up to our elders, in all their various styles. (more)
Wordswell is a project and a reaching out, but its foundation is the same as Clive's teaching process; he likes to think WordSwell is the house that has grown up around his workshops. It is an upwelling at a significant moment in our lives. It happens often. Any moment of intensity, a moment of grief, of compassion, of love, of fear, of passion, of insight, of happiness, any moment of self-awareness, any “ah-hah!” triggers this upwelling of feeling and words. (more)