Post-Beat Meet & Greet: Clive Matson

Clive Matson

Have you heard of Diane Di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, or Herbert Huncke? Probably.

But have you heard of Clive Matson?

On Wednesday, October 17th at 7pm Clive Matson will be reading and sharing his latest piece Hello Paradise, Paradise Goodbye, as well as hosting an open mic.

Mentored by Herbert Huncke and John Weiners, published by Diane Di Prima, and partied with Allen Ginsberg – Clive Matson is an American direct expression lyric poet and creative writing teacher who has published nine volumes of poetry. He has an MFA in Poetry from Columbia University, and has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Berkeley Poetry Festival.

Clive Matson arrived on the Lower East Side of New York City in 1960, a fresh-faced adolescent with a blank notebook under his arm. He quickly fell in with the Beat Generation – his first event was a reading at the Tenth Street Coffeehouse, where he met Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Diane di Prima.

“The atmosphere was stunning. People were aware that new ground was opening every day, and most of the Beat luminaries were in that one small café.” Matson had already traveled a long way from the avocado ranch in Southern California where he grew up. He had dropped out of the University of Chicago and hitch-hiked around Europe; his education in life was accelerating.

Read more about Clive Matson here.

The venue is to be confirmed – so please email Sammy at to RSVP and she will follow up with more details.