Anna Clark is a journalist living in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in ELLE Magazine, The New York Times, POLITICO Magazine, Next City, and other publications. She was a correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review as part of its United States Project, for nearly five years. Anna’s forthcoming book, The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, will be published in 2018 by Metropolitan Books.
Anna was part of the 2017 class Knight-Wallace journalism fellows at the University of Michigan. She edited A Detroit Anthology, a 2015 Michigan Notable Book, and she is the author of Michigan Literary Luminaries: From Elmore Leonard to Robert Hayden. She is the founder of Literary Detroit and has been the director of applications for Write A House, which renovates longtime vacant homes in Detroit and gives them away to writers. She was also a writer-in-residence in Detroit high schools through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project for four years. She has been a longtime co-leader of an improv theater workshop at a men’s prison in Macomb County, Michigan.
Anna was a Fulbright Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya, where she wrote, taught, and explored. She received the 2017 Excellence in Environmental Journalism award from the Great Lakes Environmental Law Council. Her writing was a “notable” pick in Best American Sports Writing 2012; a “best commentary” finalist from the 2015 Mirror Awards; and a 2016 first-place winner from SPJ-Detroit in online investigative reporting. She also served as a contributing editor at Waxwing Literary Journal, where she especially liked to review literature in translation.
Anna graduated from the University of Michigan’s Residential College with highest honors, double majoring in History of Art and Creative Writing & Literature, and minoring in Crime and Justice. She also graduated from Warren Wilson College’s MFA Program for Writers, where she focused on fiction.
Anna grew up in St. Joseph, Michigan, a little town on Lake Michigan. She wrote about it here. For a few years, after college and before moving to Detroit, Anna lived and worked in Boston in an intentional community — kind of like an urban commune — called Haley House. For more than fifty years, the live-in community at Haley House has been grounded in the active work of simplicity, creative nonviolence, self-governance, community, and social justice, especially as it relates to poverty and economic inequity. There is also a lot of laughter.
Sometimes, Anna likes to do things that involve neither writing nor reading nor asking people questions. These things include running, hiking, bike-riding, cheering for Detroit and University of Michigan sports, going to see fun shows (comedy, movies, theater, music), playing games with her nieces and nephews (or anyone, really), and generally wandering around.