Biography

Edie Clark has been writing and editing from her home in New Hampshire for the past thirty years. She has written extensively about New England in feature stories for Yankee magazine, where she served as Senior Editor for ten years and then Senior Writer and Fiction Editor for another fourteen years. Her multiple part series on topics such as land development, water pollution, the Christian Science church and the Connecticut River have gained widespread attention. In her hundreds of articles published by Yankee, she has established her reputation as one who writes about ordinary lives changed by one extraordinary act or circumstance.

For almost twenty years, she has written a popular monthly essay for Yankee. Known as Mary’s Farm, the column is rooted in the place where she lives, an old farm in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. The farm, which once grew corn and flax, sheep and horses, once belonged to a woman named Mary. Edie bought the farm 12 years ago, and now grows only hay. And stories.

Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Northeast magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Hope magazine and Reader’s Digest. She has taught workshops and lectured frequently about writing and reporting.

She has received the New Hampshire Writers and Publishers Project’s award for Excellence in Journalism and for four years in a row, her essays have been listed in the Best American Essays. In 1998, she was named “Writer of the Year” by the City and Regional Magazine Publishers Association. She has written the text for an orchestral work entitled Monadnock Tales, a fusion of music and poetry, which had its world premiere in 2001 and continues to please audiences.

Edie has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, as well as at Hedgebrook Writer’s Retreat on Whidbey Island, Washington. She has also been in residence as the Visiting Writer at the University of Northern Michigan.

Edie is the author of The Place He Made, a memoir about her husband, Paul Bolton, who died of cancer at the age of 39. Though the book takes a wide-eyed look at cancer and at death, The Place He Made is a love story, more about life than it is about death. In its review, the New York Times Book Review called The Place He Made “a triumph of the human spirit . . . sure to take its place among the best of the literature.” The book, published in hardcover by Villard, was issued in paperback by Bantam Books and translated into Korean. The book was reissued in a new edition last year.

She is also the author of The View from Mary's Farm, a collection of her essays from Yankee magazine, and Saturday Beans and Sunday Suppers: Kitchen Stories from Mary's Farm, a food memoir with recipes.

Currently, Edie is Contributing Editor for Yankee magazine. She teaches writing and has taught many workshops. For several years, she taught in the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston and now teaches at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H. Edie is available for freelance assignments and speaking engagements.

Selected Works

Articles
In 1992, the Bishop of Worcester condemned St. Joseph's Catholic Church and ordered it closed. The parishioners refused to leave, sleeping on cots and on the hard pews. For thirteen months this was their life. In July of 1993, they were removed by the police. In many ways this was the blossoming of their faith. Originally published in Yankee Magazine in November 1993.
Growing up, nothing I could do seemed to please my mother and nothing she said made sense to me. But when my mother, on the threshold of death, came to live with me, I found what seemed to have been lost forever. Originally published in Yankee Magazine, May 1995
(The follow-up article to Miracle at St. Joseph's.) The Bishop turned to them and said, "Your prayers have been answered, the hard hearts have softened." Originally published in Yankee Magazine, December 1996
A reflection on the power of cooking and friendship and the concept of family. Originally published in Yankee Magazine, November/December 2007
Memorial Day, Harrisville, New Hampshire 1995. Originally published in Yankee Magazine, May 1996
My Articles
Libraries occupy a special place in the heart of a town. Evening events at the library give a strong sense of community and make it seem like a great place to live. And in the wake of the online revolution small town libraries have found a way to not only survive but to be indispensable.
In December 2008 an epic ice storm left virtually the entire state of New Hampshire without power. The residual effects of that storm paralyzed the Monadnock Region almost through Christmas. A first person account.
In 1994, sixteen-year-old Billy Best was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Disease. After several treatments, he ran away to avoid chemotherapy. What happened after that may have been a miracle.
Roxanne Quimby once lived primitively in the Maine woods. Today she owns 90,000 acres of those woods, and her goal is to create a national park to preserve the landscape forever. So why do so many people wish she'd just go away?
Multi-million dollar border stations are rising along our line between US and Canada. What was once the "friendliest border" has become deadly serious.
Renowned short story writer, Andre Dubus, reflects on the accident that cost him his legs.
A trip to Poland discovers a beloved family friend
An elegy for the master of the short story.
Fall comes to The County
Thousands seek healing from this innocent, comatose child.
A complete listing of articles published since 1978
Fiction
An encounter with a sick fox brings a young woman to the heart of her grief