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The Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow Team

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Tara Cloud Clark

Executive Director

Tara Cloud Clark has a background in nonprofit management, K-higher education, and independent publishing, but she's never felt more in tune with herself than she does at The Writers' Colony. Previously a WCDH Board member, she has a passion for serving artists and the community and connecting the two in unique ways. She's nomadic at heart, having been raised a Navy brat and moving around the eastern side of the nation before finding a home in the beautiful Ozarks. She, her husband, and her teenage children live in Bella Vista. 

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Jeanne Glass

Managing Director

Jeanne moved to Eureka Springs from Upstate New York in 2021.  She is a passionate community servant with the ability to inspire individuals to continue and share her passion to serve others.  With this ongoing quest to give, she has been able to promote positive change in communities and individuals.  She takes pride in engaging in a civically based approach to community building.  She is especially proud of her latest endeavor, a community garden for a 142 residential complex and developing a resident organization to manage the garden.  Jeanne has dedicated 14 years in Village Government, serving 10 of the years as Deputy Mayor. Her professional career has been in Project Management working in industries including marketing, information technology, metro trains, and affordable housing.  Her passions are music, playing her flute and cello, gardening, and a good workout. 

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Jana Jones, Colony cook and housekeeper
Jana Jones

Chef and Housekeeper

Jana was born in the Czech Republic, where she learned to cook from her grandmother. She moved to Eureka Springs in 1992, where she and husband J.R. operated The Daily Planet, an Internet cafe, for five years. She worked in area restaurants for several years before starting at The Writers' Colony in 2007 as a volunteer. She started cooking in 2010 and now delights in spoiling resident writers.

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Joy Clark


Joy has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative writing from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her writing has been featured in numerous publications including Kenyon Review Online, Bayou Magazine, and New Delta Review. Her editorial experience includes work as Fiction Editor and Copy Editor of The Arkansas Review and Fiction Editor of HUMID: Undergraduate Literary Journal. She also served for two years as an Editorial Intern at Tin House Publishing in Portland, Oregon, where she received hands-on experience developing social media and website content. Clark’s awards include an Artist 360 Practicing Artist Grant in January 2021, a Walton Family Endowment for Creative Writing in 2019-2020 and 2017-2018, and a 2017-2018 James T. Whitehead Creative Endowment.

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Christine Allgood

History Research

Intern 2023

In addition to her role as History Research Intern at The Writers’ Colony, Christine Allgood currently works as Museum Assistant at the Joplin History and Mineral Museum. Now that her children are in school, she has found an unquenchable passion for museum science and spends most of her time dreaming up ways to bring history to new audiences. She spent the last seven years crafting with her babies, filling in on her family's flower farm, and working as a professional painter.  Before that she worked at Missouri Southern State University library in archives, technical services, and circulation. Now that she’s back in the workforce, she has taken to being a Jack-of-all-trades at the Joplin Museum, updating interpretation and building displays; archiving and digitizing documents, photos, and artifacts; and even seeking out national sponsors for special projects. Her current favorite project entails collaborating with community partners to return the Joplin Museum grounds to native prairie with the incorporation of sculpture, murals, and educational materials to accompany the native flowers. Christine lives in Joplin with her firefighter husband, two children, a Great Dane, and his sidekick—a very cuddly mutt. 

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