Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins is the author of Battleborn, winner of the Story Prize, 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. Her stories and essays have appeared in GrantaOne Story, The Paris ReviewPloughsharesGlimmer TrainBest of the West 2011Best of the Southwest 2013, and elsewhere. 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.


ARTICLES FEATURING CLAIRE VAYE

The American West: A Collective Denial

Watkins raises the question: “What does a book about the West mean now?” Most stories we think of as Westerns have ignored the region’s defining tragedies....


Ruined California

"Gold Fame Citrus" seldom expresses a sense of nostalgia or elegy for a lost California....


A Promiscuous Sensibility


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