Claire Burgess (she/they) is a queer feminist fiction writer, educator, and human being. She has written the weekly blog column “This Week in Short Fiction” for The Rumpus since 2015, where she covers one short story published during the week prior, with an intentional emphasis on LGBTQIA+ writers, female-identifying writers, works in translation, and writers of color. Her short fiction has received a 2014 Pushcart Prize Special Mention and has been listed as notable in Best American Short Stories 2012 and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012 and anthologized in New Stories from the Midwest 2016. You can find her stories in Joyland, Third Coast, Hunger Mountain, Annalemma, PANK, and elsewhere. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Vanderbilt University and was a founding editor of Nashville Review.
Born and raised in the Deep South, Claire now lives in the Pacific Northwest by way of Pittsburgh, Alabama, Nashville, New Orleans, and New Jersey. Her current projects focus on the Tarot, the liminal, the fringe, and recovering from gender trauma. She is working toward completing a manuscript of short stories under the working title Last Dog.