Claire is a
graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned her MFA from the
Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her stories
and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, the New York Times and elsewhere. Claire has received fellowships from the Writers' Conferences at Sewanee and Bread Loaf.
Her collection of short stories, Battleborn (Riverhead
Books), won the Story Prize, the New York Public Library Young Lions
Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American
Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada
Writers Hall of Fame. A finalist for the Frank O’Connor International
Short Story Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize, Battleborn was named a best book of 2012 by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Flavorwire, and NPR.org. In 2012, Claire was selected as one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”
Currently a visiting assistant professor at Princeton University, Claire is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.