Clarke Wayne Owens was born in Sacramento, California, and currently lives with his wife, poet/essayist Deborah Fleming, in Ohio. He has worked as a musician, a typesetter, a bookstore clerk, a university teacher of language and literature, and an attorney. He has advanced degrees in English from University of California, Davis and The Ohio State University, and a law degree from University of Akron.
Clarke has written poems, fiction, journalism, and different forms of criticism. His first publication occurred in 1977, when he won second prize out of six in a poetry contest. His poems have appeared in dozens of literary journals, including Bryant Literary Review, Convergence, Plainsongs, Poem, Slant, Oyez Review, and many others. He has published short fiction in Chicago Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals.
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