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. You never know what will happen on a blind date.
  2. Nell Goodrich, 99, shows off her new Rays cap, a birthday gift from the author.
  3. In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, file photo, a car travels down historic Route 66 toward Albuquerque, N.M.
  4. Eleida Peña, a hard-working restaurant hostess, was delighted to find her lost tip money.
  5. Hugh Grant, left, and Martine McCutcheon in "Love Actually."
  6. Coconut custard pie, not to be confused with coconut cream pie. Or else.
  7. Roy Peter Clark's grandfather lost this election, but spent his life devoted to improving the lives of immigrants. He came to New York City from Italy at the age of 4. His citizenship papers describe his complexion as “dark.”
  8. Sept. 15, 2022• Life & Culture
    Both sides of the aisle at church. (This isn't the writer's church, but you get the idea.)
  9. Sept. 2, 2022• Life & Culture
    A 10-year-old Haydon Davis is all smiles in 2018 as he poses with Mint the stuffed bear.
  10. Bruce Springsteen performs at the 15th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit at Alice Tully Hall in New York City in November 2021. He kicks off his world tour Feb. 1, 2023, at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
  11. An empty space marks the absence of a fallen god at Tiki Docks Skyway in St. Petersburg.
  12. July 13, 2022• Life & Culture
    A barista Ken doll, sporting a millennial man bun, greets coffee lovers at Banyan in St. Petersburg. He was a gift from the Clark family.
  13. June 23, 2022• Life & Culture
    For this couple, separate bedrooms works quite well.
  14. Barbie looks at ease here atop the author’s golden typewriter. As you can see, when she was rescued she was missing a shoe.
  15. It is 1972 and newlyweds Roy and Karen Clark frolic in the Rhode Island sun. Fifty years later in the Sunshine State there will be a price to pay.
  16. Roy Peter Clark's daughter Alison captured this image of a pelican in flight at St. Pete Beach.
  17. Tampa Bay Times book critic Colette Bancroft has won the first Roy Peter Clark Literary Award.
  18. March 18, 2022• Life & Culture
  19. Jack Leonard, beloved baseball coach at Eckerd College, and an inspiration to those who got to know him.
  20. This is The Duchess, who may not know she's feral after all.
  21. A statue of The Beatles in Liverpool, England. Their songs have special meaning to Roy Peter Clark.
  22. A monarch butterfly feeds on a goldenrod.
  23. This is not the puppy that Roy Peter Clark helped to save, but you have to admire its moxie.