E. Christopher Clark
E. Christopher Clark is an author living and working in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.
His writing has been published alongside the work of Jack Kerouac, Andre Dubus, and others in River Muse: Tales of Lowell & The Merrimack Valley. He has also been published in Entelechy International, Commonthought, Device, The Bradford Review, and in Literary Matters, the newsletter of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.
Clark’s work has been performed in front of audiences in San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Boston, and elsewhere. In 2014, The Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, New Hampshire debuted a full production of his latest play, Temptress.
He was born and raised in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts, the setting for much of his work. He earned his Bachelor of Arts at Bradford College in 1999 and his Master of Fine Arts at Lesley University in 2005.
Now a senior lecturer at Lesley, he lives with his wife and daughters just minutes away from the river that has shaped his life and his work.
MFA, Creative Writing, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, 2005
Thesis: Down the Cape, a novel
BA, Narrative Arts, Bradford College, Haverhill, MA, 1999
Award/Distinction: Student Commencement Speaker
Senior Lecturer, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, 2007 to Present
- Created and taught course content for sections of “Advanced Short Fiction Seminar,” “Art and Craft of Short Fiction,” “Creative Writing and Magazine Production,” “Introduction to Creative Writing,” “Writing and the Literary Arts,” “Field Work and Seminar in the Humanities,” and “English Composition.”
- Developed the “Advanced Short Fiction Seminar” and “Genre Fiction Seminar” courses from scratch and revised them based on feedback from the curriculum committee.
- Supervised fiction writers and poets as the faculty reader of their capstone manuscripts during Senior Seminar in Creative Writing.
- Supervised fiction writers, poets, and playwrights in both individual and group independent studies on subjects including linked short fiction, genre writing, manuscript development, and screenwriting.
- Organized the editorial development, production, and release of five annual issues of Lesley’s Commonthought literary magazine.
- Organized annual readings to commemorate the release of Commonthought.
- Developed online versions of the courses “Introduction to Creative Writing,” “Art and Craft of Short Fiction,” and “Advanced Short Fiction Seminar,” refocusing course content previously used in the classroom setting for Web delivery.
- Developed and taught a class on Andre Dubus’ short story “Townies” that focuses on bridges and crossings as a central metaphor, and on the use of the compare/contrast technique in building a piece of fiction.
- Utilized three versions of the song “Cat’s in the Cradle,” including a poorly received rap version, to build students’ confidence in their critical discussion abilities, and to illustrate the difference in criticism focused on the text exclusively versus criticism which incorporates biographical details.
- Facilitated the creative development of novice writers with photographic prompts drawn from Flickr.com.
- Developed a drama unit including discussion of “Act V,” an episode of NPR’s This American Life about a performance of Act V of Hamlet by maximum security inmates.
Guest Speaker, Lesley University MFA Program, Cambridge, MA, 2008 to Present
- Sat on the “Fourth Semester Pedagogy Panel” at residencies in the summers of 2010 and 2012-2015, and at residencies in the winters of 2013-2016.
- Delivered a presentation on “Teaching Undergraduates” at the summer 2013 residency.
- Delivered a presentation on “Websites and Blogging for Authors” at the summer 2009 residency and the winter 2010 residency.
- Sat on the “Publishing Panel for Fiction Writers” during the summer 2008 residency.
Highlights of Professional Experience
Lead Storyteller and President, Clarkwoods, Chelmsford, MA, 2002-Present
- Edited and published eight issues of Geek Force Five, a literary anthology.
- Produced a production of Temptress for the Players’ Ring in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in January 2014.
- Directed and produced a production of Crossroads (or The Piano of Death) for the Players’ Ring in June 2012
- Directed plays for three evenings of short theater held at the Players’ Ring, including “Pancakes” and “War is Coming” for An Evening of Robot and Steampunk Theatre (2010), “Bad Dogs” for An Evening of Apocalyptic Theatre (2012), and “The Boot” for An Evening of Grand Guignol: Theatre of Terror (2012).
- Designed, published, and marketed two collections of short fiction: Those Little Bastards (2002) and All He Left Behind (2010).
- Served as lead writer for company’s blogs, studying and analyzing modern popular culture on a daily basis and writing and posting articles on films, television programs, popular music, comic books, and video games.
- Recruited, mentored, and edited staff writers for company’s blogs, both online and in person.
- Built brand awareness in traditional media (NPR, The Nashua Telegraph, and New Hampshire Magazine, which named the Geek Force Five blog the “Best Pop Culture Blog” in the state for 2009), online social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and in person (via events such as NH Media Makers, All Things Out Loud, Free Comic Book Day, Podcamp NH, Podcamp Boston).
Family Room Specialist, Apple, Inc., Nashua, NH, 2011 to 2013
- Delivered one on one personal training sessions to novice computer users with the goal of establishing confidence and expanding expertise.
- Delivered training sessions and workshops to groups of computer, phone, and tablet users with differing levels of expertise with the goal of establishing confidence and expanding general knowledge base.
Programs Manager, Association of Literary Scholars and Critics, Boston, MA, 2004 to 2010
- Designed, produced, and contributed articles to the quarterly newsletter Literary Matters.
- Organized the organization’s annual conference, alongside the executive director, and under the direction of presidents including Sir Christopher Ricks, Rosanna Warren, and Clare Cavanagh.
- Liaised with featured speakers for the conference and their representatives, including Jhumpa Lahiri, Azar Nafisi, Joyce Carol Oates, Stuart Dybek, and Norman Mailer.
- Supervised and mentored administrative and editorial interns during day-to-day operations and at the annual conference.
- Maintained and continued development on the membership database.
- Assisted with the implementation of fundraising initiatives via direct mail and email.
- Kept organization's books reconciled using QuickBooks.
- Wrote, edited, and published Website content.
- “Animals.” New Hampshire Pulp Fiction, Volume 5: Live Free or Ride! (Forthcoming)
- “What He Was Missing” Commonthought, Fall 2015.
- “One Player or Two?” Commonthought, Fall 2013.
- “Sure.” Commonthought, Fall 2012.
- “Hard to Find.” River Muse: Tales of Lowell & the Merrimack Valley. Sons of Liberty Publishing, 2012.
- “All the Roads, Well Traveled or Not.” Entelechy International: A Journal of Contemporary Ideas 7, 2012.
- “The Carcass of the Ghost.” Commonthought, Fall 2011.
- All He Left Behind. Clarkwoods, 2010.
- “The Seventh Draft.” Commonthought, Fall 2010.
- “She Was Gelatin.” Device, 2010.
- “Chasing Porcelain.” Device, 2010.
- “The Tale of Old Silas.” Commonthought, Fall 2009.
- “ALSC at Lesley University.” Literary Matters 1.1, 2008.
- “The Panel on Mythology in the K-12 Classroom.” ALSC Newsletter 12.1, 2006.
- “An MFA Student Ponders His Navel and Life after the Degree.” TheValve.org, 2005.
- Those Little Bastards. Clarkwoods, 2002.
Performances of Written Work
- Temptress, a full-length play performed at The Players’ Ring (Portsmouth, NH) in 2014.
- “The Boot,” a short play performed as part of An Evening of Grand Guignol: Theatre of Terror at The Players’ Ring (Portsmouth, NH) in 2012.
- Crossroads (or the Piano of Death), a one-act play performed at The Players’ Ring (Portsmouth, NH) in 2012. Staged Readings: The West End Studio Theater (Portsmouth, NH), 2012; and The Democracy Center (Cambridge, MA), 2012.
- “Apocalypse Anonymous,” a short play performed as part of An Evening of Apocalyptic Theatre at The Players’ Ring (Portsmouth, NH) in 2012.
- “War is Coming,” a short play performed as part of An Evening of Robot and Steampunk Theatre at The Players’ Ring (Portsmouth, NH) in 2010.
- “Writing the Story of an Image,” a workshop and panel discussion at Lesley University's Community of Scholars Day in March 2016.
- “Visual Literacy at Lesley,” a panel discussion at Lesley University's Community of Scholars Day in March 2016.
- “Where Characters Come From,” a guest lecture at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in December 2015.
- “Worldbuilding in Dystopian Fiction,” a workshop at Madbury Public Library in January 2014.
- Q&A at Thornton's Ferry Elementary School in November 2013.
- Q&A at the Arlington Enrichment Collaborative’s Writing Workshop in April 2013.
- “All Things Out Loud: A Fast Paced Evening of Literary Wonder,” a paper presented at The Seminar on the Spoken Word at the 2011 ALSCW Conference in Boston, MA.
- “Creative Writing for Social Media Addicts and the Chronically Busy,” a presentation at PodCamp New Hampshire 2011 at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH.
- Special guest for “Social Media for Authors,” a panel discussion led by John Herman for the NH Writers’ Project in 2010 at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH.
- “Authors Roundtable,” a panel discussion with James Patrick Kelly, Leslie Poston, and Steve Garfield at PodCamp NH 2010 at the Marriott Residence Inn Harbor Events Center in Portsmouth, NH.
- “Authors and New Distribution Models,” a presentaton at PodCamp New Hampshire 2009 at the New Hampton School in New Hampton, NH.