Breena Clarke is the author of two historical novels set in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Her debut novel, RIVER, CROSS MY HEART was an October 1999 Oprah Book Club selection. Clarke was the recipient of the 1999 New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association award for fiction and the Alex Award from the Young Adult Library Services Association. Her critically reviewed second novel STAND THE STORM was chosen by the Washington Post Book Review as one of 100 best for 2008. A graduate of Howard University, Breena Clarke is also a dramatist and has produced, directed, written and performed as a founding member of The Owen Dodson Lyric Theater and The Narratives Performing Company. Breena’s short fiction and her recollections of Washington, D.C. have been widely anthologized. Breena has been published in Time Magazine, Black Masks, Women and Performance, Conditions, Attaché, Essence Magazine, Dog Fancy, The Chicago Tribune Book World and others. While administering the Editorial Diversity Program at Times Warner Inc. in New York City, Breena mentored a number of young journalists and writers. Since leaving Time to write fiction full time, Breena lives with her husband and dog in Jersey City, NJ. She is currently at work. https://breenaclarke.com/ Featured Writer; AROHO Advisory Council Member; Small Group Facilitator.