Born in Oxford, England, Claire Phillips is the author of the novella, Black Market Babies (11th Hour), and recipient of the Academy of American Poets, First Prize. She received a notable mention in Best of American Essays 2015 and is a Pushcart nominee. Phillips has read for Black Clock magazine with notable authors Mark Z. 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 viral.net. She is director of the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series at Glendale College and teaches creative writing in the School of Critical Studies at CalArts and in the Department of Art at UC Irvine. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and a B.A. in English from San Francisco State University.