Short, third person

Claire Polders is a Dutch author of five novels. Her latest, “A Whale in Paris,” (Atheneum, Simon&Schuster, 2018) is a historical novel for younger readers about a girl rescuing a whale during the German occupation of Paris in WWII. Her short fiction and nonfiction was published in a variety of literary magazines, such as TriQuarterly, Tin House, Electric Literature, Denver Quarterly, and Fiction International. 

Longer, first person


I’m an author of stories long and short. I’ve written four novels for adults in Dutch (my mother tongue), co-authored one novel for younger readers with my husband (“A Whale in Paris“), and had my short stories, memoir pieces, and flash fictions published in a variety of literary magazines in print and online. TriQuarterlyDenver Quarterly, and matchbook nominated my stories for a Pushcart Prize. Other work appeared (or is forthcoming) in Tin House, Electric Literature, Mid-American Review, and Fiction International. 

Recurrent themes in my writing are identity, feminism, social justice, shame, guilt, art, and death. My stories often include absurd or fantastic elements that transform the otherwise realistic settings into strange worlds. You can learn more about my creative process by listening to my podcasts or reading some interviews. Occasionally, I write reviews for books I love, which makes them more like recommendations.

In my short essay, “The Writer and her Time,” I explain why I write in English.

My work is represented by Marie Lamba.


Born in Gouda (yes, from the cheese), I grew up along a river dike near Rotterdam, seven meters below sea level. I hold a double Master’s Degree in Literature and Philosophy (with honors) from Tilburg University, and I studied a semester at the Sorbonne. Afterward, I never really left Paris. I’m married to screenwriter and author Daniel Presley, which sometimes makes me feel I married America. 


I’m the webdesigner for New Flash Fiction Review and you can hire me to create your (author) website under the banner of Dutch Girl Design.