Born and raised in upstate New York, Jon Clinch has been an English teacher, a metalworker, a folksinger, an illustrator, a typeface designer, a housepainter, a copywriter, and an advertising executive. After graduating from Syracuse University, he taught American Literature and Advanced Composition to high school students. Three years and a Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award later, he set aside teaching and took up advertising. His career took him from one agency to the next until he found himself creative director of a high-profile Philadelphia shop, at which point he abandoned big agencies and founded a small one instead with his wife, the novelist Wendy Clinch.
Jon has taught at Williams College and in Syracuse University’s SUPA program, addressed the NCTE, lectured at the Mark Twain House and Museum, and spoken before audiences at the American Library Association, Boston University, Pennsylvania State University, Whitman College, and elsewhere.
His short stories have appeared in the literary magazine MSS, where they were selected by the novelist John Gardner. (Gardner was the author of Grendel, the story of Beowulf told from the monster's point of view—a novel that in many ways inspired the creation of Finn.)
FINN: Jeff Kleinman, Folio Literary Management
KINGS and subsequent work: Amanda Urban, ICM
Random House, Recorded Books, Scibe (Oz)
The Mark Twain House and Museum
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