Carmelia Clincy is an Oklahoman, born to working-class parents in Blackjack, an all-black rural settlement near Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was three when her parents migrated to southern California. Her father, a labor contractor, followed crops up and down the state throughout the years until finally settling down in Calipatria, southern California. There he contracted in cotton picking and hay hauling.
Carmelia received a BA degree in Comparative Culture from the University of California at Irvine, Calif., where she also studied in the university’s MFA writing program.
She returned to Oklahoma and retired after fifteen years as a Senior Correctional Case Manager at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, a women’s minimum-security prison in Taft, Oklahoma. While there she sponsored the Native American Women’s Club and the Creative Writers Club for several years.
Carmelia is married to Bennie Clincy, a retired construction laborer. She is the mother of ten children, five of whom she gave birth and five of whom she gave her heart. She is also a grandmother.
Growing herbs and vegetables, playing the piano, painting, drawing, browsing in libraries and bookstores, traveling and people watching are a joy for the author; however, reading, writing prose and poetry are her passions.
She has written for children, teens and adults. Several articles and a child’s story have been published with the Muskogee Phoenix Newspaper. A few articles have been published with newspapers throughout the state.