Ben Jesse Clarke

Ben Jesse Clarke is artistic director of Encounters in the Americas/ Encuentros de las Americas project of CENSA. He is editor of Race, Poverty & the Environment a journal of social and environmental justice published by Urban Habitat. He is also the lead artist with Encountering San Francisco, a part of the Youth Advisory Board of Southern Exposure gallery’s Arts in Education program, where he teaches writing and design to a group of high school students drawn from across San Francisco. He is the co-editor with Roger Burbach of September 11 and the U.S. War, Beyond the Curtain of Smoke co-published by Freedom Voices and City Lights publishers 2002; editor of Image and Imagination, Encounters with the Photography of Dorothea Lange, 1997; and co-editor of Voice of Fire, 1994, the first anthology of Zapatista communiqués and interviews published in English. He is the founding editor of Freedom Voices Press. From 1998-2004, Clarke was editor of MediaFile a bi-monthly journal of media analysis and resources for activists published by San Francisco’s Media Alliance. A California Arts Council artist-in-residence 1999-2001 and a San Francisco Arts Commission lead artist on a project called Raising Our Voices, Clarke has been teaching writing, digital design and critical thinking in community settings for over a decade.

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