Kevin Clark’s third volume of poems The Consecrations was published by Stephen F. Austin University Press. His second book Self-Portrait with Expletives won the Pleiades Press prize. His first collection In the Evening of No Warning earned a grant from the Academy of American Poets. Kevin’s poems appear in the Southern, Georgia, Iowa, and Antioch reviews, as well as Crazyhorse, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, etc. His poetry is anthologized in many places, including Keener Sounds: Selected Poems from The Georgia Review. He is The Literary Review’s Angoff Award winner and the inaugural selectee for the ArtSmith Award. Formerly a regular critic for The Georgia Review for fifteen years, Kevin has also published essays in The Iowa
Mentor. Workshops and classes in poetry.
Statement: “One of my goals in the writing workshop is to help students enhance what is idiosyncratically best in their writing while they simultaneously try other directions. There’s a context for this kind of teaching. The short story writer Al Landwehr once told me that the act of writing well is like the act of reading the best book you’ve ever read. You are utterly transported, ecstatic. But, as Al noted, the next day you come back to your work and you realize that what you have written is not the best thing in literary history. In fact, it can’t walk; it has warts; it hacks like a consumptive. As a writing teacher, I hope to help you readily achieve the first ascendant state of creativity and quickly overcome the second deflating state of starting over. The whole enterprise need not be a jaw-clenching struggle; it should be a habitual, quotidian pleasure.”