The Poetry Project

Claire Donato

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Claire Donato‘s writing—at once ambient, investigative, and cathartic—collates forms and materials. She is the author of Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2013), a not-novel novel, and The Second Body (Poor Claudia, 2016; Tarpaulin Sky Press), a collection of poems, and is currently completing two books: Gravity and Grace, the Chicken and the Egg, or: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, a hybrid novel about orthorexia, love, and Simone Weil; and Kind Mirrors, Ugly Ghosts, a collection of essayistic short stories that reckons with sexual trauma and mercy in the #MeToo era, and adopts Donnie Darko, Wings of Desire, 12-step programs, and psychoanalysis as reference points. She is also at work on a full-length LP of songs. Claire's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, The Brooklyn Rail, Territory, DIAGRAM, Bennington Review, BOMB, Fanzine, and The Elephants. She teaches poetics and advises theses in the MFA/BFA Writing Program at Pratt Institute, where she received the 2020 Distinguished Teacher Award. She lives with one cat and ~50 houseplants in a psychic medium’s building in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.