Claire Phillips is the author of the novella Black Market Babies (11 th Hour Press) and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets, First Prize. She received a notable mention in Best American Essays 2015 and a Pushcart nomination for her short memoir, Hanging from the Chandeliers, commissioned by Steve Erickson for Black Clock magazine, where she was a regular contributor. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Motherboard-Vice and can be heard on the KQED Writers’ Block and found at viralnet.net. This May she will read in the famed Sit n’ Spin series on the Comedy Central stage. She is co-founder and director of the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series at Glendale College, featuring notable authors by Brian Evenson, Amy Gerstler, Sarah Manguso, Charles Yu and in spring 2019, Robin Coste Lewis and Zinzi Clemmons, among others. She resides in Los Angeles where she teaches writing at the California Institute for the Arts (CalArts), the Southern California Institute for Architecture SCI-Arc), and at UC Irvine. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from New York University, and a BA in English from San Francisco State University.