Breena Clarke

Breena Clarke

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Breena Clarke is author of the novel, ANGELS MAKE THEIR HOPE HERE, set in a mixed-race community in 19th century New Jersey. Breena Clarke has written two historical novels set in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Her debut novel, RIVER, CROSS MY HEART(1999) was an October 1999 Oprah Book Club selection. Clarke’s critically reviewed second novel, STAND THE STORM, is set in mid-19th century Washington, D.C. and was chosen by the Washington Post Book Review as one of 100 best for 2008. She is a graduate (B.F.A.) of Howard University. Breena Clarke is co-author with Glenda Dickerson of the play RE/​MEMBERING AUNT JEMIMA: A MENSTRUAL SHOW, anthologized in Contemporary Plays by Women of Color and Colored Contradictions, An Anthology of Contemporary African-American Plays. Her short fiction is included in Black Silk, A Collection of African American Erotica, and Street Lights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience. Breena Clarke is an advisor to the board of A ROOM OF HER OWN FOUNDATION and has offered writing workshops at AROHO retreats at Ghost Ranch in 2003, 2005 and 2011 and the Port Townsend Writers Conference in 2004. She is a member of the fiction faculty of Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine. She is one of the organizers of the Hobart Book Village Festival of Women Writers.

Selected Works

Fiction
a compelling and lyrical new novel about a young black woman in the Civil War era who finds haven in a racially tolerant community.
A novel of tragedy and triumph in the life of an African American family in Georgetown, circa 1925
The Coatses, formerly enslaved, operate a tailor's shop, in Washington's Georgetown neighborhood at mid-nineteenth century.

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