Andrea Clark Mason has a B.A. in English from Colgate University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of Idaho. Her journalism and creative nonfiction has appeared in Outside Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, High Country News, Idaho Magazine, Here We Have Idaho, Permafrost, Weber: the Contemporary West, High Desert Journal, and elsewhere. She has won grants and awards from Everglades National Park, the Sacatar Foundation, Centrum Arts and Creative Education, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and other places. Her essay “Marcel Des Grottes” was a finalist in the 2007 So to Speak nonfiction contest. She won third place in Clean Shot’s “Prose for Papa” contest in 2002. She lives and writes in Denver, Colorado.

Andrea’s work reflects her deep love of the natural environment and her curiosity about the complexity of people’s relationships. She loves the constraints that come from being true to the fact and wrestling with ethical obligations to her readers and subjects. Her belief in the importance of research allows her to more accurately depict a place, add relevant knowledge, and recreate scenes. She sees nonfiction as a therapeutic tool and a way to revise and revisit traumatic memories and transform them into art.

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