Claire Watkins

Fellow: Awarded 2014

Field of Study: Fiction

Competition: US & Canada

Website: http://www.claire-watkins.com/

Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Bishop, California, in 1984 and raised in the Mojave Desert. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, and the M.F.A. program at the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. Her short-story collection, Battleborn (Riverhead Books, 2012), won the Story Prize, Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award, Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and 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, Claire was also selected as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35." She has received fellowships from the writers' conferences at Sewanee and Bread Loaf. Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Paris Review, One Story, Best of the West 2011, New Stories from the Southwest 2013, and many others. Currently a visiting assistant professor at Princeton University and an assistant professor at Bucknell University, Claire is also the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative-writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.