Jessica "Jess" Clarke has written about the ordinary and extraordinary
in the worlds of people and nature for 30 years: the environment, the arts, health and social issues, higher education and other topics. From ice climbing and tracking saw-whet owls and hibernating bats, to visiting a nude resort and digging ramps on a West Virginia mountainside, to talking with Virginia's death row inmates, interviewing suicide survivors and following AIDS patients, Clarke has brought the world to readers. After a career as an award-winning newspaper reporter, the Virginia native now writes and edits for a
wide variety of national and regional print publications and websites. Based in Asheville, N.C., Clarke also is a marketing communications consultant who has worked with such sectors as public relations, tourism, financial, construction, health care and real estate. One of her passions is writing poetry, and she hosts a poetry group in Asheville. Reach her at email@example.com.
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