Charlie Claire Burgess is a writer, teacher, illustrator, tarot practitioner, and ever-shifting human being. Their short fiction, published under the name Claire Burgess until recently, has received a 2014 Pushcart Prize Special Mention, been listed as notable in Best American Short Stories 2012 and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012, and been anthologized in New Stories from the Midwest 2016. You can find their stories in Joyland, Third Coast, Hunger Mountain, Annalemma, PANK, and elsewhere. Charlie received their MFA in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University and was a founding editor of Nashville Review. They wrote the weekly blog column “This Week in Short Fiction” for The Rumpus from 2015-2017, where they covered one newly published short story a week, with an intentional emphasis on LGBTQIA+ writers, female-identifying writers, works in translation, and writers of color.
Born and raised in the Deep South, Charlie now lives in Portland, Oregon, by way of Pittsburgh, Alabama, Nashville, New Orleans, and New Jersey. Their current projects focus on the Tarot, the liminal, the fringe, and recovering from gender trauma. Recently, they started a small business surrounding their tarot practice, which you can find out more about here.