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One of seven children born to Norman and Mary Clark, B Shawn Clark spent his formative years at a farm in Wisconsin that he shared with his brothers and sisters (and from time-
Named after a poet, and true to his namesake, Clark, starting at an early age, wrote short stories, poetry and prose, and, on occasion, dramatic presentations. At the age of 10, he wrote, directed and co-
His experience as an idealistic law student learning to cope with the more cynical view of life and the law among his classmates (and eventually a number of judges) laid the groundwork for his first novel, about the travails of protagonist Earl Warren, that he was to later write under a nom de plume. Having survived law school with his idealism intact, B Shawn moved to Miami, where he began his career by defending Haitian refugees being deported to the brutal dictatorship of Jean-
Later, he became host of You & The Law that aired on WLRN, a local PBS affiliate, until, that is, the station refused to air a show featuring recently acquitted Judge Alcee Hastings, due to its controversial subject matter. B Shawn Clark continued his activism, and his creative ventures, during his time in Miami. While representing clients in a variety of cases, he found time to write, co-
Drawing from the experiences he had in these cases, and others, Clark has begun to write a series of short stories based on the character of Earl Warren developed in A Matter of Principle. Leaving the urban jungle of Miami behind to settle in the sleepy seaside town of Englewood, Clark embarked on a new phase of his career, focusing more on conservation and the wise stewardship of the land we all inhabit together.
During this time he began work on his next novel, 20/20, that tells the story of a future world, well past the tipping point of environmental degradation (and the end of the industrial revolution) from the point of view of a man living in that world, reminiscing about his life as a young boy who, back in the 2020s, learned, with the help of a hermit, his “Amazon Princess Warrior” and a lost tribe of indigenous peoples, how he and his family could survive in a rapidly changing world of violent storms descending on their Miami community.
B Shawn entered a new phase in his life and career when he closed down his physical offices and retreated into partial sabbatical to a self-
So far, in addition to finishing work on 20/20, he has produced three short stories in a “Vision Quest” series (featuring an unnamed narrator on a pilgrimage around the world in search of meaning to his life); two works of non-
He has also added to an extensive inventory of poems, one of which, entitled The Great Escape, received an award by the Florida State Poets Association and became part of one of the Vision Quest stories bearing the same title. He also has written numerous essays and opinion pieces, managing to have a series of essays on the Top Ten Environmental Songs of All Time published in the e-
This inspired him to write his second screenplay Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood about a community pushed to the brink of vigilantism by a persistent burglar. In the course of his legal career Clark became a prolific author not of the literary fiction he so dearly loved but of numerous legal briefs presented to a readership of three judges in each case who were apparently sufficiently impressed with his writing style (and his arguments) to have published opinions in numerous cases on a variety of topics appearing in law books throughout Florida (and nationally).
B Shawn on Grandma’s lap
B Shawn at 13
With Siblings in the 80s
From Late 80s Press Clipping
Early Aughts in Miami
With Brother Doug
At Gottfried Creek