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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), 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—or who are we kidding here?—I grew up outside Rotterdam, seven meters below sea level. I earned a double Master’s in Literature and Philosophy (with honors) at Tilburg University and studied a semester at the Sorbonne in Paris, where I went to look for meaning.

Instead, I found a husband. He is an American author, and together we write novels for all ages. Our first, “A Whale in Paris,” is forthcoming in May 2018 with Atheneum (Simon & Schuster). Restless and curious, we divide our time between The Netherlands, France, and the United States.

Want to know why I write in English? You may want to read my short essay “The Writer and her Time” at Fiction Southeast.