I’m honored to have three essays published this season. A longer one, “Beach Bodies,” on Syrian refugees and the Greek islands as a holiday destination, in Room Magazine (available for order here). A shorter one, “Possible Reactions,” on living and writing in dark times, in The Pinch (available for order here). And a third one, “The Gravity of Air,” on the loss of my infant niece, in The Forge (forthcoming).
I’m also pleased that my story-in-flash “Amsterdam” will be published by Heavy Feather Review, in print, and possibly also online.
More flash fictions on the net are forthcoming (or have appeared) in Whiskey Paper (“Classic Woman“), matchbook (“Woman of the Century“), and Blue Fifth Review (“Atmospheric Betrayal”).
Thank you, dear editors, for giving my words such beautiful homes, and thank you, dear readers, for your time.
My Alma Mater, Tilburg University, has invited me
to speak about the past, present, and future of the university in our society.
Find me in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on Sep 21, 2017.
Come and join the debate (or the after-party)!
In a far, far togetherness, in a bed beneath a slanted roof, Daniel and I once made up a story about a French girl and a whale. Not too long ago, we decided to write it down so we could share it with the world. And the result will be readable as a beautifully illustrated children’s book (10+) in summer 2018!!!
From Publisher’s Marketplace: “Claire Polders and screenwriter Daniel Presley’s debut A WHALE IN PARIS is a hopeful and heroic story about a girl who befriends a whale that appears in the Seine during the Nazi occupation of Paris.”
Thanks to Marie Lamba (& Jennifer DeChiara) for making it all possible, to Reka Simonsen for welcoming us to Atheneum (Simon & Schuster), and to Erin McGuire for the wonderful cover. (Soon to be revealed…)
The picture above is a painting by Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson.
Superstition Review has asked me to contribute a podcast to their Authors Talk series.
Visit their blog to hear me speak about the role of the Dutch in Indonesia, shame, and my need to explore shadows through my writing.
Thanks to many terrific editors and literary magazines, my words have found some lovely homes.
The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review published “On Her Skin.” (If you subscribe and “adopt” me, I receive 60% of the funds.)
Cheap Pop gave “The Spider and I” an audience.
Tears in the Fence chose “Snapshots of Yesterday’s Tomorrow” (print only) as the Third Prize Winner for their annual flash fiction competition. The magazine will be out this summer.
Sleep is a Beautiful Colour, The National Flash Fiction Anthology (UK) included “Swing State” (print and eBook only).
The National Flash Fiction Day (NZ) chose “Spring Cleaning” (scroll to June 10th) for the long list of their
Micro Madness competition.
Litro published my essay “Con Artists” in their summer issue (print only).
Blink Ink included my tiny “Aurora, Giselle, Jasmine” (print only) in June.
SmokeLong Quarterly asked me to list my favorite flashes on a theme of my choosing. I chose (Dead) Fathers.
While the vines outside my window bud and grow, new stories are imagined and written.
Necessary Fiction published “Office Women: Three Portraits and Thirteen Questions,” in which I introduce three women who have found different ways to escape the bleak lives in which they feel imprisoned.
My short short “Playground” was Runner Up in the Bat City Review contest.
Find me in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on March 30, 2017,
where I will speak about the Writer’s Taboo.
More information: http://www.tiltfestival.nu/programma
Writing a novel is a longterm project. At least, it is for me. I may write a 1,000 words a day, but I’ve never written a novel in three months. I write and read back and rewrite and pause and question and restructure. At the moment, I’m about three quarters of the way with a first draft of my new novel. And to give myself some air, some amusement, some exercise, I write short prose pieces that I send out into the world. This winter, these amazing journals captured some of these pieces on their pages.
TriQuarterly: “The Men on the Fence”
The Offing: “Papers”
New World Writing: Four Micro Fictions (“Specialties” + “Meteorological Rest” + “How to Kill a Rose” + “Sunflowers”)
Vestal Review: “Swan Lake” (Readers’ Favorite in the Valentine issue)
Mikrokosmos:“The Alps in Fall Time”
Pithead Chapel: “Liabilities”
Connotation Press: Three Stories (“Speaking of Ovid” + “The Anxious One” + “The Killer”) (will go live on March 15)
The fiction editor of Connotation Press, Jonathan Cardew, also did an interview with me for this issue.
So proud my writing is featured in TriQuarterly.
The story about empathy and territorial borders is, unfortunately, very relevant today.
From Issue 151 – Winter/Spring 2017, preview of “The Men on the Fence.”
The boy watches them from the outdoor pool, the men on the fence, perched like birds on a wire. They are present every day, from the moment the boy opens his shutters in the morning until his parents send him to bed at night. The chain-link fence is the resort’s southern border, and men are sitting on it everywhere, in clusters of five or more. They balance with both legs on one side or sit as if on a saddle, feet dangling. Although the men are far away, the boy believes he is being watched. A paddling white mouse in a blue box of water. Perhaps they dream of his movements, the freedom of his limbs, how it feels to be submerged, clean and cool.
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How is this for a coincidence?
I take a pocket book with me to the US to read while on the road. It’s an old anthology from TriQuarterly—short stories are great for traveling. In the metro I devour Richard Brautigan. I’m in love with his style. At the airport I reluctantly pause reading John Gardner to check my email right before turning off my phone. In comes an acceptance letter from the editors of TriQuarterly: they want to publish one of my stories!
“Men on the Fence” goes live on January 24, 2017.