dogs in tiny outfits, quality fictional audio dramas, clothing swaps + poutine
A bona fide Midwesterner, Kinsey Clarke is a native of Detroit, Michigan. As a writer and podcaster, she finds purpose in narrative storytelling through audio and is interested in stories about how sex, identity, and human behaviour shape our connection with the world around us. Her reporting on lesbian placemaking has appeared in such publications as Conde Nast's Them magazine, and she’s had her essays about Black lesbian identity and navigating grief featured in FLARE Magazine.
Early in her writing career, Clarke’s work appeared online in culture and identity blogs before graduating from Michigan State University.
Since 2015, Clarke has covered an eclectic range of subjects for National Public Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the startup non-traditional media site The Neighborhoods which she with a team of five others built for the City of Detroit in 2017.
At NPR, Clarke reported on race and culture as an intern for the Code Switch team. She wrote round-ups of cultural criticism, about the international Black Lives Matter movement, and how millennial Black Detroiters decided to shift the narrative of a changing city.
At the CBC, Clarke produced global current affairs segments for The Current and produced daily two-way interviews for As It Happens as an associate producer. She was a recipient of the “Best Interview” award at the Use The Right Words: Reporting On Sexual Violence Awards for her contributions to The Current’s segment on the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial. One of her favourite episodes that she produced is a quirky story about a woman who bit into a rare purple pearl in her date night clam dish. She also scripted and directed her first audio documentary – about planning for her wedding and coming out as a lesbian – with the Out In The Open team.
At The Neighborhoods, Clarke piloted three podcasts that highlighted Detroiters telling their own stories in a mix of longform and short form storytelling. She reported on the stories of immigrant and LGBT communities where she saw a lack in local media. She also independently investigated how Detroit zoning ordinances push adult businesses to the outskirts of the city and has presented her work internationally at the Torino Stratosferica Utopian Hours international festival in Turin, Italy.
Currently based in New York City, Kinsey Clarke produces the NowThis political podcast "Who Is?" and the feminist sports podcast Burn It All Down. She finds joy in seeing dogs in tiny outfits, fictional audio dramas, sketching, photography, and finding cool things on the sidewalk during walks to the park. Find her here.