Discipline: Literature – nonfiction

Matthew J.C. Clark

Discipline: Literature – nonfiction
Region: Bath, ME
MacDowell Fellowships: 2012, 2018, 2021

Matthew Clark writes essays that are supposed to be about other people but that are often also about himself. His work has appeared in True Story, The Morning News, Ecotone, The Indiana Review, and The Antioch Review. His essay "6'3" Man with Doritos," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa’s nonfiction writing program and was named the Maine Arts Commission’s 2018 Literary Fellow. At MacDowell in 2018, he completed a chapter of his book, The Wood Mill of Maine, Mercer, U.S.A. while in the Sorosis studio. The chapter had been particularly frustrating for him as it diverged from the objective literary journalism mode he often writes in and into a history of King Philip's War and a personal reckoning with his (and White America's) feelings of shame and guilt about the events of the past. In 2021, he completed the last two chapters of his nonfiction book, Bjarki, No Bjarki.



Matthew J.C. Clark worked in the Sorosis studio.

Sorosis Studio was funded by the New York Carol Club of Sorosis. The small, masonry studio was designed by F. Winsor, Jr., the architect who also designed Savidge Library (1926) and Mixter Studio (1927). At the time of construction, the large porch on the southeast facade offered a spectacular mountain view that has since been obscured…

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