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Claire Vaye Watkins

Claire Vaye Watkins was raised in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and Pahrump, Nevada. A graduate of the University of Nevada Reno, Claire earned her MFA from the Ohio State University, where she was a Presidential Fellow. She is the author of the novel "Gold Fame Citrus" and the short story collection "Battleborn," which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, 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 Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quarterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, Pushcart Prize XLIII and many others. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Lannan Foundation Fellow, one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” and one of Granta‘s “Best Young American Novelists.”