Claire Vaye Watkins

Honoree, 2012 5 Under 35

Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Death Valley and raised in the Mojave Desert. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, and elsewhere.
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Battleborn

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ISBN 9781594488252 Riverhead Books

In each of these ten unforgettable stories, Claire Vaye Watkins writes her way fearlessly into the mythology of the American West, utterly reimagining it. Her characters orbit around the region's vast spaces, winning redemption despite - and often because of - the hardship and violence they endure. More about this book >

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Claire Vaye Watkins at the 2012 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 Celebration


2012 5 Under 35 Panel Discussion (part 2 of 2)


2012 5 Under 35 Panel Discussion (part 1 of 2)

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Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins was born in Death Valley and raised in the Mojave Desert. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, One Story, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, Best of the West 2011, and elsewhere. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, Claire earned her MFA from Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. She teaches creative writing at Bucknell University and the Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, and is the co-director, with Derek Palacio, of The Mojave School, a nonprofit creative writing camp for rural Nevadans. Battleborn is her first book.

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