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Olivia Clare is a fiction writer and poet. She was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has lived in California, Iowa, New York, Nevada, and Texas. She currently lives in Mississippi.

Her short story collection, Disasters in the First World, was published in 2017 by Grove Press/Black Cat. In The New York Times Book Review, Andrew Ervin writes, “These insightful stories...flout convention and work in mysterious ways. Two in particular―‘Pétur’ and ‘The Visigoths’―will probably be anthologized and taught and cherished for years to come.” The book was named a favorite book of 2017 by Ann Beattie in The Paris Review.

Clare’s novel is forthcoming from Grove Atlantic. In fiction, she is a recipient of a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, and winner of a 2014 O. Henry Prize for her first published story, “Pétur.” Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in The Paris ReviewGranta, McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Southern Review, ZYZZYVA, Catapult, Boston Review, n+1, Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. 


She is also the author of a book of poems, The 26-Hour Day (New Issues, 2015). She is a recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship from Colgate University. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, Southern Review, London Magazine, FIELD, and other journals.


She's been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program; in fiction, she was a 2015 Tin House Writers’ Workshop Scholar. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Literature with Creative Dissertation from the University of Nevada, where she was a Black Mountain Institute Fellow. She has taught in the MFA program at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She is an Assistant Professor of English, Creative Writing, in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she holds the title of Nina Bell Suggs Endowed Professor.