Clive Matson, M.F.A., was drafted as Chalcedony’s astonished scribe in 2004 and wrote Chalcedony’s First Ten Songs (Minotaur Press, 2007) and Chalcedony’s Second Ten Songs (Minotaur Press, 2009). His early teachers were Beats in New York City, and, amazingly, his seventh book, Squish Boots (Broken Shadow Publication, 2002), was placed in John Wieners' coffin. "Writing from the itch in his body" is old hat, according to Let the Crazy Child Write! (New World Library, 1998), the text he uses for teaching. He won the City of Berkeley's Lifetime Achievement Award in Poetry (2012) and PEN Oakland's Josephine Miles National Literary Award (2003). Visit www.matsonpoet.com for more information on his work.