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My name is Jack Cluth. I was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Walker, MN. I went to high school in St. Cloud, MN, and moved to St. Paul, MN, where I attended Macalester College. Armed with degrees in History and Anthropology, I embarked on a journey that’s taken me to several foreign countries, including a detour to Texas (3,722 days…not that I was counting).

I began my career as a teacher, but over the years I’ve worn many hats. The common thread has always been my gift for and love of writing.

Now firmly and happily rooted in Portland, OR, I’m a writer…but one word doesn’t begin to describe my skills and how they may benefit you or your organization. I’m also a skilled editor, communicator, and development specialist. If your needs involve complete sentences, proper grammar and punctuation, and a coherent message…well, have laptop, will travel, eh?

I use my expertise to help nonprofit organizations research, develop, and create winning grant applications. I’m a writing instructor and consultant who helps individuals and organizations design and implement effective written communications strategies. I’m an editor adept at working with writers on manuscript development and using words to paint pictures.

My expertise provides value to anyone in need of assistance with creating and delivering effective and persuasive writing and/or with managing the grant application process. I’ve written for a wide variety of audiences (my first published piece was actually translated into Albanian for a magazine in Kosovo), and I’m adept at tailoring messages to reach a target audience. I can help you or your organization create effective written content with a consistent voice.

I also offer consulting services centering around communications and development issues for nonprofit organizations. If your project requires complete, coherent sentences to communicate your message, I can help make that message the best it can be.

I work on a contract or retainer basis, depending on the needs and/or requirements of each client. If you have questions about my rates or working arrangements, please contact me at 503.828.8480 or via email at

My blog is where I showcase my writing…my mental sandbox, if you will. As it has been since 9.3.2001, the opinions expressed are mine and mine alone. They do not in any way reflect the opinions of any organizations I’m in any way affiliated with or consult for.

I dearly love the state of Texas, but I consider that a harmless perversion on my part, and discuss it only with consenting adults.

- Molly Ivins

Any idiot can face a crisis - it’s day to day living that wears you out.

- Anton Chekhov

Don’t worry. Worry your ass off. Have iron clad confidence. But doubt! It keeps you awake and alert. Believe you are the baddest ass in town and you suck. It keeps you honest. Be able to keep two completely contradictory ideas alive and well in your heart and head at all times. If it does not drive you crazy it will make you strong. Stay hard, stay hungry and stay alive.

- Bruce Springsteen

Don’t speak to me about your religion; first show it to me in how you treat other people. Don’t tell me how much you love your God; show me in how much you love all His children. Don’t preach to me your passion for your faith; teach me through your compassion for your neighbors. In the end, I’m not as interested in what you have to tell or sell as I am in how you choose to live and give.

- Cory Booker

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Doo bee doo bee doo.

- Frank Sinatra