The L.D. Clark and LaVerne Harrell Clark Literary Endowment
The L.D. Clark and LaVerne Harrell Clark Literary Endowment provides a quiet and comfortable writers’ retreat in Smithville, 55 miles east of the Texas State University campus.
The historic home on Smithville’s Main Street was the residence of the writers L.D. Clark and LaVerne Harrell Clark. The Clarks donated their home and other property to Texas State in 2009 to create an endowment to support writers-in-residence.
Currently, writers-in-residence are chosen from among students in Texas State’s master of fine arts program in creative writing. As the endowment grows, its proceeds will be used to award two annual fiction prizes, one for a novel and one for a novella. Award recipients will live part of the year at the Clark House and give a reading at Texas State.
The MFA program in creative writing and the NEH Southwest Regional Humanities Center (SRHC), both in Texas State’s College of Liberal Arts, sponsor the writers-in-residence program is sponsored.