Toni FranceWelcome to the Website of Antonia Clark!

There are several Antonia Clarks online. I’m the Vermont poet and painter. I started this site as a place to celebrate and promote digital poetry — online writing, publication, and self-publishing. Find here information about poetry people and places on the web, writing prompts and tips, readings, musings, and reviews. Sometimes, I also share information about reading, writing, and publishing that’s not restricted to poetry.  After a long career in writing and editing, I’ve returned to an early love: painting!  I’m really more or less starting over from scratch, but have been fortunate to have some wonderful online teachers. Beginning in 2023, I’ve added a page about my painting progress.

Literary Life

I’ve now retired from a long career as a medical writer and editor. I have also taught poetry and fiction writing at community colleges and adult education programs. For more than 16 years, I’ve moderated an online poetry forum, The Waters. I’m the author of a chapbook, Smoke and Mirrors, and two full-length poetry collection, Chameleon Moon and Dance Craze. My poems and short stories have appeared in numerous print and electronic journals, including Anderbo, The Cortland Review, Eclectica, The Missouri Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Rattle, and Softblow. I live in Vermont, love French picnics, and play French café music on a sparkly purple accordion.

Read some Sample Poems, check out a few of my favorite books under Reviews, and see My Books on the site menu for my latest publications.

Art Life 

Since retiring from my professional writing career, I’ve rediscovered the joys of art-making that I knew in childhood. I have not studied art in college, but have been fortunate to encounter some wonderful teachers online, in particular Nicholas Wilton and Louise Fletcher. In May 2021, I completed an intensive art program — Nicholas Wilton’s “Creative Visionary Program” at Art2Life. It was an amazing and enriching experience. That program gave me the tools I need to proceed more confidently and joyfully, to take risks while remaining playful, and put more of myself into my art.