Clark Anthony Lawrence was born in 1969 in Manassas, Virgina. In 1992, he graduated with a degree in human ecology. His studies in art history took him frequently to Greece and especially to Italy. He has lived near Mantua since 1996. The organisation 'Reading Retreats in Rural Italy', founded in the same year, organises exhibitions, concerts, performances and attracts visitors from all over the world. For the last 20 years he has been passionately involved in gardening. His book 'Mezzo Giardiniere' is the result of this experience.