Anna Clark is a freelance journalist living in Detroit. Her writing has appeared in ELLE Magazine, The New York Times, The New Republic, NBCNews.com, POLITICO Magazine, The Washington Post, The American Prospect, Next City, Grantland, and other publications. She is a political media correspondent for the Columbia Journalism Review as part of its United States Project. Her writing is 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’s currently at work on a book about the Flint water crisis for Metropolitan Books. She’ll be a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan beginning in September 2016.
Anna 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 the director of applications for Write A House, which renovates longtime vacant homes in Detroit and gives them away to writers — forever, for keeps. She has also been a writer-in-residence in Detroit high schools through the InsideOut Literary Arts Project. On Thursday evenings, she leads an improv theater workshop at a men’s prison in Macomb County, Michigan.
Anna was a Fulbright Fellow in Nairobi, Kenya, where she focused on creative writing. She is also a contributing editor at Waxwing Literary Journal, where she especially likes to review literature in translation, and a senior editor with Belt Publishing.
She 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 practiced (and practiced … ) fiction.
Anna grew up in St. Joseph, a little town on Lake Michigan that she loves a whole lot. She wrote about why here. For a few years, after college and before moving to Detroit, Anna lived and worked in an intentional community — kind of like an urban commune — in Boston called Haley House. For fifty years, the live-in community at Haley House has been grounded in the active work of simplicity, creative nonviolence, self-governance, community, spirituality, and social justice, especially as it relates to poverty and economic inequity. There is also a lot of laughter. It’s a pretty special place.
Sometimes, Anna likes to do things that involve neither writing nor reading nor asking people questions. These things include cooking, running, yoga, amateur knitting, hiking, cheering for Detroit/Michigan sports, bike-riding, going to see fun shows (comedy, movies, theater, music), playing games with her nieces and nephews (or anyone, really), and generally wandering around.