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Claire Polders is a Dutch author of four novels.

Her short fiction and nonfiction was published in over fifty literary magazines. TriQuarterlyDenver Quarterly, and matchbook nominated her stories for a Pushcart Prize. Other work appeared (or is forthcoming) in Tin HouseMid-American Review, and Fiction International

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.

Together with her husband, an American author, she writes novels for younger readers. Their first, “A Whale in Paris,” is forthcoming in May 2018 with Atheneum (Simon & Schuster). Restless and curious, they divide their time between The Netherlands, France, and the United States.

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