Keynote Speaker

Claire Donato

Write the Syllabus as a Poem, Revise the Poem as a Novel, Publish the Novel as an Act of Community

A keynote talk presented in-person at the University at Albany as part of the Coast to Coast Connections Conference

Claire Donato's talk will discuss the entwinement of her teaching and writing practices, and she will be sharing work from her forthcoming books Kind Mirrors, Ugly Ghosts and Woebegone.

12:30 PT/3:30pm ET on Saturday, April 22

Virtual link: TBD

Claire Donato is the author of the forthcoming fiction book Kind Mirrors, Ugly Ghosts (Archway Editions) and the forthcoming poetry chapbook Woebegone (Theaphora Editions). Her past books include Burial (Tarpaulin Sky Press), a fiction novella, and The Second Body (Poor Claudia), a full-length collection of poems. 

Claire's work has been included in numerous anthologies, and recent writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Fence, The Chicago Review, Forever, BOMB, The Elephants, DIAGRAM, and GoldFlakePaint. She also contributed an introduction to The One on Earth: Selected Works of Mark Baumer. In addition to writing books, Claire makes music, illustrates, and has a 35mm photography practice. Currently, she works as Assistant Chairperson of Writing at Pratt Institute, where she received the 2020-2021 Distinguished Teacher Award. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her cat, Woebegone.

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