Claire Donato
b. 1986 in Wilmington, DE
Grew up in and around Pittsburgh, PA
Currently 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, artist, and curator thinking about animals, architecture, desire, exceptionalism, nothingness, pedagogy, personal taste, suffering, and synaesthesia.

As a young millennial, I received an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, where I studied writing across genres and was the first poet in the history of the program to win the John Hawkes Prize in Fiction (judged by Robert Coover) for my 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 recently published by Poor Claudia. My novel-in-progress, NoŽl, is an exploration of non-places and falling in love with mediated objects online. I am also at work on a collection of interconnected short stories about death, love, vegetarian cooking, and the cloud called Gravity and Grace, The Chicken and the Egg, or: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.

The daughter of a French mother and an American father, I am particularly invested in activism and collaboration, and read widely and across geographic and genre-motivated boundaries in order to deepen my understanding of forms and aesthetics. 

Currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture and Creative Writing at Pratt Institute, a Lecturer in the Graduate Digital + Media Program at the Rhode Island School of Design (beginning January '18), and a Part-Time Lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design, I have also taught courses at The Cooper Union, School of Visual Arts, Fordham University, Brown 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 also a Digital Studies Center Fellow at Rutgers University—Camden, researching and creating digital language art.

In sum, I've been practicing yoga since I was 16 and can often be found 1) in my apartment, cooking vegetables, watering plants, and listening to records; 2) running long distances (10K is my favorite distance); or 3) lost without a mask in the funhouse.