Program Description: Rick will tell the story of how knowing nothing about his grandfather evolved into a research writing adventure resulting in an interestingly structured mixed genre book (half memoir and half fictionally framed historical biography) with emphasis on handling point of view, voicing, research findings, structural devices, and creative moments.
Intro: How the book began (what was, and is, at stake)
How structure and point of view evolved (i.e., dealing with what we can’t find out)
How material was naturally generated (use of email, journal entries and notes, texts and messages, letters and inquiries, news articles, records and documents, etc.)
Stumbling blocks (how to refer to those still living, how not to sound or look too “researcherly,” bringing in background and contextual material)
Reining in the sprawling story
Seeking a publisher (in process)
Presenter: Rick Clark is a poet, editor, and college educator who has dabbled in filmmaking, classical violin, birds, photography, Zen, and yoga. In 2016, Red Moon Press published his book Bug-eyed & Bird-brained: Small Creature Haiku. He is also author of Journey to the River: India Travels (Pina Publishing, 2016). Recently, Rick placed second in the European HaikuKukai (ranking) and in 2014 won Grand Prize in the 6th Yamadera Memorial Basho Museum International Haiku Contest. Presently, he is working on a partially fictionalized memoir and biography. His education includes a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Washington.