Claire Vaye Watkins's collection of short stories, Battleborn, won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas 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 the year by the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, Time Out New York, Flavorwire, and In 2012, Claire was selected as one of the National Book Foundation's "5 Under 35."

Claire's stories, essays, and criticism have appeared in the New York Times, Granta, The Paris Review, The Believer, Best of the West, One Story, and many others. In 2014 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Educational Background

  • M.F.A., Ohio State University

Teaching Interests

  • Creative writing (fiction and creative nonfiction)
  • Contemporary literature
  • Literature of the American West
  • Literary genre fiction

Current Projects and Research Interests

  • Her second book, a novel, is forthcoming from Riverhead Books in 2015.
  • Claire is the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.

Selected Publications

"Mirage," an excerpt from her novel, is included in Granta 128: American Wild

"The Last Thing We Need," first appeared in Granta 111: Going Back, and anthologized in Best of the West: New Stories from the Wide Side of the Missouri (University of Texas, 2011)

"Man-O-War," first appeared in One Story issue 140, anthologized in Road to Nowhere and Other Stories from the Southwest (University of New Mexico, 2013)

"Wasteland, Wasteland, Wasteland" The Kenyon Review Online.


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