Roy Peter Clark - Contributing Writer

Contributing Writer

As the new contributing writer for my favorite newspaper, I craft features that appear regularly in the Sunday Floridian section and online. This is a new adventure for an old writer, inspired by the journey of humankind in a troubled world. Mired in pandemic, deep recession, and political unrest, readers need an escape hatch. A little wit, whimsy, and wisdom are gold coins in the sand. I come to this after 40 years as a writing coach at Poynter, the school that owns the Times. I’ve lived in St. Pete for all those years with wife Karen and three daughters. I have written about AIDS, the Holocaust, literacy, war, but also Ray Charles, pelicans, the Lone Ranger, and Pee-wee Herman.

  1. Roy Peter Clark's uncle Vincent Marino, taken just before Vincent died of complications from tuberculosis in 1941 at a sanatorium north of New York City.  He is 19 although looks much younger, his growth stunted by the disease.
  2. A hamster similar to this one made a great escape in 1989.
  3. This is a white-crowned sparrow. Roy Peter Clark says a squad of sparrows often appears when he and his wife are enjoying coffee and muffins at Craft Kafe in St. Petersburg. On Black Friday, one was particularly interested in the cranberry/almond muffin.
  4. Dec. 3, 2020• Life & Culture
    Roy Peter Clark's flunch, the new meal they've adopted at his house.
  5. From 2010, when Christmas-hating journalist Anna Wahl (Christine Taylor) is assigned to report on a Christmas-themed town complete with a year round resident Santa Claus (W. Morgan Sheppard), the cynical writer once again begins to believe in the magic of the holidays in the movie "Farewell, Mr. Kringle."
  6. Nov. 19, 2020• Life & Culture
    Can you see the angel in the wispy sunset clouds over St. Petersburg?
  7. FILE - In this file photo dated July 29, 1966, actor Sean Connery is shown during filming the James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice," on location in Tokyo, Japan. Scottish actor Sean Connery, considered by many to have been the best James Bond, has died aged 90, according to an announcement from his family.  (AP Photo, FILE)
  8. Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden hugs Brayden Harrington, 12, at a campaign stop at Cilford Community Curch, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Gilford, N.H. Biden and Harrington have spoken to each other about their stutter they have both struggled with. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
  9. A visitor at the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington passes early in the morning in 2013. Roy Peter Clark discovered his own name on the wall during a visit.
  10. Oct. 22, 2020• Life & Culture
    Roy Peter Clark holds his late dog son, Rex.
  11. Roy Peter Clark's parents, Ted and Shirley.
  12. Roy Peter Clark's hat collection.
  13. The Mickey Mouse watch that Roy Peter Clark uncovered during a pandemic drawer purge.
  14. Roy Peter Clark's favorite T-shirt, not to mention all the other ones.
  15. FILE - This 1966 file photo shows Little Richard.  Tthe self-proclaimed “architect of rock ‘n’ roll” whose piercing wail, pounding piano and towering pompadour irrevocably altered popular music while introducing black R&B to white America, has died Saturday, May 9, 2020.(AP Photo, File)