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Claire Polders

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Claire Polders is a Dutch author of four novels with a debut in English on the way.

Her short prose has been published in magazines and anthologies in print and online. Stories can be found in Denver Quarterly, TriQuarterly, Okey-Panky (Electric Literature), and Connotation Press. Essays appeared in Tin House (TOB), Green Mountains Review, and The Pinch.

Born in Gouda (yes, from the cheese), Claire grew up just outside Rotterdam, seven meters below sea level. She earned a double master’s degree in Literature and Philosophy and is married to an American writer. Together they divide their time between The Netherlands, France, and the United States.


While the vines outside my window bud and grow, new stories are imagined and written.

Necessary Fiction is the first lit mag to publish one of mine this spring.
In “Office Women: Three Portraits and Thirteen Questions” I introduce three very different women who have found interesting ways to escape the bleak lives in which they feel imprisoned.

Other stories are forthcoming in June with The Do...

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