About the Author

marianClarkMarian Mathews Clark grew up in logging country in Mist, Oregon, the only child in a family of chroniclers. Her mother kept a diary from age thirteen until she died at eighty-seven, and her father wrote poetry about sawmilling, logging and the neighbors. Though she started writing early, Marian didn’t realize it was a career option. So when she graduated from high school in ‘63, she enrolled in Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa, and majored in English Education. But after listening to students’ problems as a Resident Assistant and finding student teaching daunting, she concluded she was a one-on-one person and went on to earn a Master’s in Counselor Education from The University of Iowa.

In 1971 she moved back to Lamoni where she assumed the role of Director of Counseling at Graceland and also taught a variety of classes including Counseling, Rhetoric and a winter term in the Changing Roles of Women. She served on a committee to create a Counseling Center in Lamoni, presented Communication workshops to the Leon police department and eventually won the battle to bring Planned Parenthood to Graceland’s campus. After ten years she decided to pursue writing and in 1985 enrolled in The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She received her MFA in 1987, the same year she won the Iowa Art Council’s First Place Fiction Award for ‘Houseboats and Peacock Feathers.’

When she retired after twenty-four years as an Academic Advisor from The University of Iowa, she hit a major crossroads: How does a childless, divorced, aging transplant find home and purpose without the community of colleagues and students who’ve kept her sane? It was that question and the subsequent year of trials and errors that spawned Sixty-Something and Flying Solo: A Retiree Sorts it Out in Iowa.

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marianClarkBook‘Getting There,’ Daring To Repair Anthology, Wising Up Press, Dec. 2012.
‘Just in Case: Alone at Christmas,’ Wapsipinicon Almanac, December 2011.
‘The Last Straw,’ The Lamoni Chronicle, December 9, 2010.
‘On Being Thin,’ Iowa Review: Daily Palette, April 19, 2010.
‘Getting There,’ Persimmon Magazine,’ Fall 2008.
‘Dear East Coast: In case of famine, please call Ohio,’ The Des Moines Register, Feb. 10, 2008.
‘The Dress,’ Dutiful Daughters, Anthology, 1999.
‘Just for the Time Being,’ A Ghost at Heart’s Edge,” Anthology, 1999.
‘Buffalos,’ Story, Winter 1998.
‘My Study on Stay-Puts,’ The Sun, Fall 1992.
‘Flossie’s Kid,’ Cottonwood Magazine, June 1991.
‘Houseboats and Peacock Feathers,’ Poet and Critic, 1990.