WCDH hires Joy Clark as eMerge Editor and Marketing Specialist


The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is pleased to introduce its new part-time Marketing Specialist and Editor of eMerge, Joy Clark. The position was formed to manage the publication of eMerge, the online literary magazine of WCDH, and to assist with print, digital, and video marketing content creation. WCDH Executive Director, Michelle Hannon, said, “We’re thrilled to have Joy as part of our team. Her qualifications and experience make her a perfect fit. Her presence ensures the continued growth of eMerge and enhanced promotion of our events and offerings to a broader audience.”


WCDH created eMerge in 2017 to publish its writers’ poetry, plays, short stories, recipes, and essays. Board Member Charles Templeton, his wife Sandra, and his daughter Cat donated over 400 hours annually on the editing, artistic design, and coding required to publish the magazine. Four issues will be published in 2021, with the Fall 2021 issue coming out in October. Each issue contains about 40 diverse literary pieces. In addition, WCDH published the Dairy Hollow Echo in August 202. The anthology of selected works from eMerge, available in print and Kindle versions, features 107 stories, poems, essays, and other creative work by 87 authors. Under the guidance of the Templetons, Joy will take over as the Editor of eMerge starting with the Winter 2022 issue. eMerge is available, free of charge, at emerge-writerscolony.org. Templeton said, “Sandra and I are ecstatic that Michelle found Joy Clark to take over the management and publication of eMerge. Joy brings a positive and inspiring outlook to eMerge along with her skills, knowledge, and creativity.”


Clark’s Marketing Specialist responsibilities include overseeing WCDH’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts; publishing a weekly email newsletter; and managing the WCDH website. She will create a broad range of content to promote the WCDH residency program, fellowships, workshops, events, fundraising efforts, and eMerge. In addition, Clark will pursue opportunities for WCDH promotion and collaboration through her network in Fayetteville and at the University of Arkansas.


Clark 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 James T. Whitehead Creative Endowment in 2017-2018.


Clark said, “I am thrilled to be joining the WCDH team. I look forward to investing in the artistic community here, which has been such a significant and beautiful part of my life and hope to continue to grow WCDH's outreach and accessibility to the larger writing community.”


The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to nurture writers of all genres, backgrounds, and levels of experience in a supportive environment that builds community, energizes creative expression, stimulates new thinking, and optimizes productivity. Since opening its doors to writers in 2000, WCDH has made a lasting impact on the arts and literary communities hosting over 1,700 writers from 48 states and 13 countries. For more information, please visit www.writerscolony.org or call Michelle Hannon or Jeanne Glass at (479)253-7444.

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