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Jim Clark Tribute
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Tribute from Walter Beale

"Jim Clark was a calming influence, both in the MFA program and the department."

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Tribute from Stuart Dischell

"Jim took real pleasure in people. He had a gift for living his life. It’s impossible to imagine the world without him. He was our leader, our mentor, and our friend. No one better."

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Tribute from Jim Evans

"One recent MFA graduate told me that Jim changed her life, or rather allowed her to change it..."

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Tribute from Julie Funderburk

"He carried forward the deep spirit of what a literary community should be, and he gave it to all of us—plentiful food, a feeling of belonging to a rich history, the importance of celebrating all successes, not just writing but including writing."

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Tribute from Christopher Hodgkins

"Like the generations of students who sat rapt while you rambled, I never wanted you to get to the end of even your longest stories."

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Tribute from Michael Parker

"I’ve talked to several people in the past day who loved Jim, and it seems we can only commemorate our loss by telling stories.  Jim would want this.  He was, above all, a supreme storyteller."

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Tribute from Scott Romine

"Jim was a collector: of things, friends, memories, stories.  Everything meant something to him.  He wasn't indiscriminate: some things meant more than others.  But everything had its place and its value, which is why, I think, he couldn’t throw anything away."

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Tribute from Lee Zacharias

"He had a wicked sense of humor, which is remembered by so many of his former students. No one could deliver a story or a joke in quite the same way, encoding into his tone at the end a little nudge and a wink just before he scooted away."

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