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Anna Clark


MFA Faculty Member


MFA - Creative Writing


Anna Clark is a writer who lives in Detroit. She is driven by curiosity and a belief in the power of good stories to bring more truth and empathy into the world. She is the author of “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Tragedy,” named one of the year’s best books by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Kirkus, the New York Public Library, Audible and others. It won the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism and the Rachel Carson Environmental Book Award. It was also a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Book Journalism and longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction.

Anna also edited “A Detroit Anthology,” a Michigan Notable Book, and wrote a small book about writers from the Great Lakes State. Anna’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New Republic, Next City, CityLab, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Lapham’s Quarterly, Waxwing Literary Review and other publications. She was a Fulbright fellow in creative writing in Kenya and a Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan. She has been a longtime leader of writing and improv theater workshops in schools, prisons, detention centers, libraries and beyond. She is a reporter with ProPublica, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to investigative journalism with moral force.

Educational Background:

  • B.A. Creative Writing and Literature, University of Michigan
  • B.A. History of Art, University of Michigan
  • MFA Creative Writing, Warren Wilson College