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 and multidisciplinary artist thinking about animals, architecture, climate crisis, love, the ocean, 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. Prior to attending Brown, I received a BA (summa cum laude) 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 Press. Recently completed projects are Kind Mirrors, Ugly Ghosts, a short story collection, and Gravity and Grace, The Chicken and the Egg, or: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, a novel. I am at work on To Hell, with Boundaries, a cross-genre manuscript, and Clarion, a novel about growing up in western Pennsylvania that's also a formal study of Harmony Korine's Gummo.

Some dead things that are alive in me are my first language (French) and my Catholic ancestry. I practice Zen and live with ~50 houseplants. Until September 2020, I lived with a cat (RIP Brix). A couple of years ago, I returned to the DIY practices of my early twenties: illustration and writing songs. You can look at my illustrations here and listen to my songs here.

Currently, I am an Adjunct Associate Professor in the BFA and MFA Writing Programs at Pratt Institute, where I received the 2020-21 all-campus Distinguished Teacher Award. I have also taught courses at The Cooper Union, Parsons (The New School for Design), Brown University, Fordham University, and 826 NYC. 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, listening to records; 2) running middle-to-long distances; or 3) lost without a mask in the funhouse.