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Stephan Eirik Clark


Stephan Eirik Clark

Stephan Eirik Clark is the author of Sweetness #9 and the short story collection Vladimir’s Mustache, a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Book Award.

Born in West Germany to a Norwegian mother and a Texan father, Clark split much of his childhood between England and the United States, and has lived in five states and five countries, including Ukraine, where he served a Fulbright Fellowship, and Russia.

Clark has taught writing at UC Davis, USC, and Kharkov National University, the second-oldest university in Ukraine. He holds an M.A. in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. A former print and radio journalist and one-time member of USC Film School’s filmic writing division, he currently lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and teaches at Augsburg College.

Clark’s short stories have been: published in numerous magazines, including Ninth LetterCincinnati ReviewWitness, and LA Weekly; twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize; short-listed for the Fish Publishing Historical Fiction Prize; and given special mention in Drunken Boat’sinaugural Pan Literary Awards contest, among other honors. His novella,The Castrato of St. Petersburg, was named a finalist in the Ruth Anne Wiley Novella Contest, judged by Josip Novakovich, and later published by Salt Hill.

Clark’s essays have appeared in SwinkNinth LetterSalt Hill and elsewhere, and been recognized as notable works in Best of the Web 2009 and Best American Essays 2009 and 2010.

While living in Los Angeles, Clark had a professional manager for his screenwriting, which has been twice optioned. His screenplays have been honored in contests sponsored by Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope film studios, the Monterey County Film Commisssion, and USC Film School.

Stephan Eirik Clark

Books by Stephan Eirik Clark

by Stephan Eirik Clark - Fiction, Mystery

David Leveraux is a young chemist, developing new flavors and artificial sweetners.  When he comes across Sweetness #9, he notices the adverse affects it has on the lab rats, but does nothing to stop it's production.  When those around him start acting like the lab rats from years ago, is he to blame or is this all just a part of the human condition?