MFA in Creative Writing

Anna Clark

Anna Clark, of Detroit, is a writer 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, the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award, the Gross Award for Literature, and it was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Book Journalism. Anna’s writing has appeared in Elle, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, The New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, Next City, CityLab and other publications. She’s also a contributing editor at Waxwing Literary Journal, where she likes to focus on international literature, and guest edited a special issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review, titled “Not One Without.” Anna edited  “A Detroit Anthology,” a Michigan Notable Book, and also wrote a small book about the distinctive literary culture of the Great Lakes state. She is a longtime teacher of writing and improv theatre in all corners of the world: high schools, colleges, prisons, detention centers, soup kitchens, tech incubators and more. Anna also co-curates the Motor Signal Reading Series in Detroit’s Eastern Market, which jolts the typical literary reading out of its traditional form. She has been a Fulbright fellow in creative writing in Nairobi, Kenya, and a Knight-Wallace journalism fellow at the University of Michigan. Anna graduated from Warren Wilson College’s M.F.A. Program for Writers.  Learn more: