Olivia Clare


Olivia Clare is the author of a short story collection, Disasters in the First World, from Grove Atlantic. Her novel is forthcoming from Grove. She is also the author of a book of poems, The 26-Hour Day (New Issues, 2015). Her awards include a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, an O. Henry Prize, the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the Tin House Writers' Workshop, MacDowell Colony, and Vermont Studio Center. Her stories have appeared in Granta, The American Scholar, Southern Review, n+1, ZYZZYVA, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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"This award was life-changing. The monetary support it provided allowed me to finish a manuscript and begin another. The award also connected me with a community of women writers; I am inspired by this incredible company and community. This award continues to have profound effects on my life, and I am so thankful for that."