Claire Donato
b. 1986 in Wilmington, DE
Grew up in and around Pittsburgh, PA
Lives in Brooklyn, NY
Author of Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press), The Second Body (Poor Claudia), & Someone Else's Body (Cannibal Books)
Virgo, Aquarius rising, Capricorn moon
Usually wears glasses

Five-Paragraph Bio:

I am a writer thinking about animals, architecture, desire, exceptionalism, nothingness, pedagogy, psychoanalysis, suffering, and synaesthesia.

As a young millennial, I received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, where I studied writing across genres and won the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction (judged by Robert Coover) for my not-novel Burial, which was published by Tarpaulin Sky Press in 2013. Prior to attending Brown, I received a BA (summa cum laude) in English Writing and a certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. My second book and first full-length collection of poems, The Second Body, was published by Poor Claudia in 2016, and will be republished by Tarpaulin Sky in 2019. I am at work on three projects: Kind Mirrors, Ugly Ghosts, a short story collection; To Hell, with Boundaries, a poetry manuscript; and Gravity and Grace, The Chicken and the Egg, or: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, a novella.

The daughter of a French mother and an American father, I read widely and across geographic and genre-motivated boundaries in order to deepen my understanding of forms and aesthetics. I am invested in activism and collaboration, and volunteer as a Mentor for the PEN Prison Writing Program.

Currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the BFA Writing and Architecture Writing Programs at Pratt Institute, I have also taught courses at The Cooper Union, Parsons (The New School for Design), Brown University, Fordham University, 826 NYC and UnderAcademy College, a 'pataphysical online college as collage that was ultimately realized—at least provisionally—as a free school. From 2016-2017, I was a Digital Studies Center Fellow at Rutgers University.

In sum, I've been practicing yoga since I was 16 and can often be found 1) cooking vegetables, watering plants, and listening to records; 2) running middle-to-long distances; or 3) lost without a mask in the funhouse.