Amy Clark is the author and co-editor of Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community (University Press of KY, 2013, with Nancy Hayward), and Success in Hill Country (The Napoleon Hill Foundation, 2012). Her writing is forthcoming or has been featured in the New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tampa Tribune, With Good Reason radio, Appalachian Heritage, Appalachian Journal, Now and Then, National Writing Project, Still: the Literary Journal, and many others. In 2012, Clark won the Jean Ritchie Fellowship in Appalachian Writing from Lincoln Memorial University and the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.
Clark is the founding Director of the Appalachian Writing Project, a non-profit organization designed to promote reform in how writing is taught from Kindergarten to college to community. The AWP has been awarded over $500,000 in funding since 2001 and has a network of over 100 trained teacher consultants. In 2013, they were honored with the Helen Lewis Community Service Award, given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
She is a Professor of English (rhetoric and writing) at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, where she teaches courses in Appalachian studies, communication studies (rhetorical theory, speech and sociolinguistics) and writing. She holds a doctorate in English (rhetoric, applied linguistics and writing) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s in English literature from Virginia Tech. During her career at UVa.-Wise she has been honored with both the Harrison Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Harrison Award for Outstanding Research and Publication.