June 13, 2015, 11am-12:20pm
Clare was born and raised in England, but checks “other” on forms when asked to define her heritage – or creates her own category of “Indo-Guyanese/Irish”.
Resident in the Bay Area since 2004, she is currently an MFA candidate at the University of San Francisco. She is working on a novel about two Caribbean brothers who join other young immigrants to London in the 1950s in their pursuit of love (of the inter-racial and queer varieties) – and justice. It is inspired by the stories of her parents and other immigrants to England.
Her writing has been published in anthologies, journals and blogs in England, and the US, including St Sebastian Review, Everything Indicates and By the Bay. She is a regular blogger at Mixed Remixed and an alumna of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) writing workshop.
When not writing or performing, she is a trainer and instructional designer, usually working for nonprofits in the social justice area.
“Putting the “M” in LGBTQ – Mixed and Queer” is a subject close to her heart, as a mixed, queer writer. Preparing the workshop was an eye-opening experience – the names of writers who were queer and mixed don’t easily spring to mind, which made her even more convinced that running the workshop was a good idea!