Claire Phillips is the author of the novella, Black Market Babies (11th Hour), and recipient of the Academy of American Poets, First Prize. She received a notable mention in Best of American Essays, 2015 for her essay Hanging From the Chandeliers. A Pushcart nominee and regular contributor for Black Clock magazine, she has read for the publication with notable authors Mark Z. Danielewski, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody, and Geoff Nicholson, and participated in the 2014 LA Lit Crawl. Her speculative fiction can be heard on the KQED Writers’ Block, and found at viral.net. She has given readings at Machine Project, Skylight Books, City Lights, and appeared in the Visiting Artists series at the California Institute for the Arts (CalArts).
She is co-founder and director of the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series at Glendale College, now in its seventh year. Appearances by notable authors include Aimee Bender, Craig Clevenger, Bernard Cooper, James Ellroy, Janet Fitch, Amy Gerstler, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, David L. Ulin, and D.J. Waldie, among others.
Since Fall 2007 she has taught creative writing as an adjunct member of the School of Critical Studies at CalArts. She also teaches writing at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and in the Department of Art at UC Irvine.
She holds an MA in Creative Writing from New York University, and a BA in English from San Francisco State University.