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Claire Polders is a Dutch author of five novels.

Her short stories and essays in English have appeared in over forty literary magazines, among which TriQuarterly, Denver Quarterly (nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017), Electric Literature, Green Mountains Review, and Tin House (online)More prose is forthcoming in The Pinch and Room Magazine. 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 middle grade novels. 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.