Kim Clark, Writer

About Kim

Kim Clark with AttemptationsKim Clark describes herself as an “ordinary woman,” but those who know her will tell you she’s anything but.

Here’s a woman who didn’t start writing until after she’d passed her fortieth birthday and had been diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

With four kids at home, dealing with an (almost) terminally ill husband, a distintegrating marriage, and a body that was no longer behaving the way it was supposed to, she went back to school to get her high school diploma then went on to pursue a BA in Creative Writing at Vancouver Island University and become a well-respected poet and author.

Kim lives on Vancouver Island. Disease and desire, mothering and the mundane propel her ongoing journey between poetry and prose. Kim’s work can be found in e-zines and other publications in Canada and the U.S.. She has done many public readings, including the 2012 Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. Kim holds a BA in Creative Writing from VIU and has edited for Artistry and Portal.


Middle Child of Summer - 31 poems for August (Leaf Press) Summer 2014

Attemptations (Caitlin Press) Fall 2011, short fiction collection

Dis  ease  and   De  sire   M anu S cript (Lipstick Press) Spring 2012  poetry

Sit You Waiting (Caitlin Press) Fall 2012, poetry


Past Publications

Kim has previously had her fiction and poetry appear in the following publications and e-zines:

Spring, 2013 Beautiful Women, an Anthology, Lipstick Press

Spring 2013 Poetry Pacific

Spring 2013  Coastal Spectator (poetry)

Winter 2012 Leaf Press (poetry)

2 Fall 2011 Silver Bow Publishing (poetry)

Spring, 2011 Right Eyed Deer (poetry-27th & Main)

Spring, 2011 Ascent Aspirations (poetry/flash fiction - Mechanical Age; Shared Territories with a Son and Rough Draft

December, 2010 Leaf Press (poetry, Turning Small)

September, 2010 scratch contest & publishing (poetry-1st place, fiction-2nd place)

July, 2010 Malahat Review Novella Contest (Solitaire)

February, 2009 Nanaimo Harbourfront Library (Anaphora, The Bigger Picture)

February, 2009 Leaf Press (poetry - Grey Does Matter)

April, 2008 Portal (poetry – After Midnight. Nothing Surely)

Fall, 2007 The Navigator (poem of the month, Focus Inert)

Fall, 2007 Body Breakdowns, anthology, Anvil Press, (non-fiction excerpt – Chicken for Six)

Fall, 2007 Chronically Canadian (fiction excerpt – Twelve Days of Xmas)

Summer, 2007 Thirty-one Words (poetry untitled)

Summer, 2007 Wheelhouse (poetry, upcoming, Red Sunglasses)

July, 2007 Flash Shot (micro-fiction, e-zine)

May, 2007 Nanaimo Arts Council Short Fiction contest (Aphasia)

May, 2007 All Rights Reserved, Passports (poetry, Mother Daughter Gamble to Head Down Under, and Thelma/Louise Femail)

April, 2007 Flash Me Magazine (flash fiction, e-zine, No U’s)

April, 2007 Portal (poetry, Drawn to the Horizontal)

April, 2007 Wheelhouse (poetry, e-zine, Anaphora)

February, 2007 Leaf Press (poetry, Playground on the Cusp of Spring)

January, 2007 Poor Mojo’s Almanac(k) (micro-fiction, No U’s, e-zine)

July, 2006 Ascent Aspirations, Anthology Two, Windfire, p.29-34 (poetry – Primate Remuage,  2005 Solstice Seven, Take No Vembers, & flash fiction – Funky Monkey Junkie)

April, 2006 Portal, p.7, 32-33 (poetry – Derail Me, Springsteen & non-fiction – Mam n’ Pap)

March, 2005 Cecilia Lamont Contest (fiction, 1st Place – Split Ends)

January, 2005 Surrey International Writers’ Conf. (fiction – Twelve Days of Xmas, shortlisted)

April, 2004 Capilano College Scribble for Literacy Contest (multiple poetry & flash fiction – 1st place)

May, 2004 Sechelt Library Contest (fiction – 3rd place)

April, 2004 Malahat Review, No.146, p.47 (poetry – Wingnut at VGH BMT Ward)

2003 Coast Reporter (columns)

May, 2003 Sechelt Library Contest (fiction, 1st place – A Thread of Her Essence)

April, 2002 Sechelt Library Contest (fiction, 1st place)

June, 2002 Artistry (poetry – Beach Heat Clip, Suddenly)

March, 2000 Capilano College Madrona Contest (fiction – The Pace)

Writing organizations

Kim is proud to belong to the following organizations:

The Writers’ Union of Canada -

The League of Canadian Poets -

Federation of BC Writers -

WordStorm Society of the Arts -

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