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Claire Polders is a Dutch author of four novels.

Her short stories, essays, and flash fictions have appeared in over forty literary magazines, among which TriQuarterlyDenver Quarterly  (nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017), and Tin House. More work is forthcoming in Mid-American Review, Fiction International, and Iron Horse. 

Following the success of her debut novel, she was selected as one of the most promising Dutch writers under 35. Her debut novel in English is represented by Marie Lamba.

Born in Gouda (yes, from the cheese), Claire grew up outside Rotterdam, seven meters below sea level. She earned a double Master’s in Literature and Philosophy (with honors) at Tilburg University and studied a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Claire is married to an American author with whom she writes novels for all ages. Their first, “A Whale in Paris,” is forthcoming in May 2018 by Atheneum (Simon & Schuster). Together they divide their time between The Netherlands, France, and the United States.

Curious as to why Claire writes in English? Read her short essay “The Writer and her Time” at Fiction Southeast.

Claire also happens to be a web designer.