Claire Phillips

Claire Phillips is the author of the novella, Black Market Babies (11th Hour) and the recipient of the Academy of American Poets, First Prize.   She received a notable mention in The Best American Essays 2015 for her short memoir Hanging from the Chandeliers and has written for the Los Angeles Review of Books.   A Pushcart nominee and regular contributor for Black Clock magazine, she has read for the publication with notable authors Mark L. 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   She has given readings at Clockshop, Machine Project, Skylight Books, City Lights, and the Nuyorican Poets Cafè, and appeared in the Visiting Artists series at the California Institute for the Arts (CalArts).


She is director of the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series, now in its eighth year at Glendale College.   Notable author appearances 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.


Presently 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.