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Claire Bateman

Claire Bateman’s books are Coronology and Other Poems (Etruscan, 2010), The Bicycle Slow Race (Wesleyan, 1991), Friction (Eighth Mountain, 1998), At the Funeral of the Ether (Ninety-Six Press, 1998), Clumsy (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2003), Leap (New Issues, 2005), and Coronology (chapbook, Serving House Press, 2009). She has received the New Millennium Poetry Prize as well as grants and fellowships from the NEA, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Surdna Foundation. She lives in Greenville, SC.

Interact with Claire!

Read “Another Poem on Blue.”

Visit the website of Camera Obscura, which includes fiction by Claire Bateman.

Check out the Amazon page for the anthology Sisters, which features work by Claire Bateman.

Visit the Amazon page for Coronology.

View Web del Sol’s World Voices page for Coronology.

Read an essay by Claire Bateman on National Literary Review’s website.

Check out a review of Claire Bateman’s poetry by Mark Halliday.

Visit her page at Wired for Books, which includes poetry readings and lecture podcasts.

Listen to a podcast from Ancient Faith Radio.

Claire’s readings:

Jan. 13, 2011, Spartanburg Library, Cowpens, SC
Jan. 17, 2011, Charleston Monday Night Blues at the Eastbay Meeting House, Charleston, SC
Jan. 20, 2011,Hub City Bookshop, Spartanburg SC
Feb. 23, 2011, Maximum Impact Poetry at Gotham Bagels, Columbia, SC
Feb. 28, 2011, Emrys Foundation Reading Series @ Chicora Alley Restaurant, Greenville, SC
March 10, 2011, Youngstown State University Poetry Center, Youngstown, OH

A Short Q&A with Claire Bateman …

Q: What is your writing environment like?
A: I have several mutating and overlapping writing environment—a  very small notebook I keep with me at all times, and a larger one too, which doubles as a sketchbook.  Then there are piles of old but still (in parts) ”live” notebooks/sketchbooks.  I also have my computer desk/chair, and perhaps most importantly, my back stair step, where I like to sit with a notebook, and the nearby park where I take walks and jot down ideas and phrases.   Of course, the books on my shelves exhale their essences as well.  Other important factors:  cat, coffee, silence.  I find it helpful to have a painting or two in progress on the kitchen table so that I can go back and forth between writing and painting–this keeps me from putting too much pressure on either activity.  I am a jittery worker, frequently interrupting myself to research stuff on the web, to check my email, to read, to make coffee, etc.  However, at certain stages of the writing process, I do need intense, prolonged focus.

Q: Tell us about a poem, story, essay you’ve written that has special meaning to you.
A: Right now I’m re-re-revising a manuscript of speculative microfictions, which is a lot of fun.

Q: Who are some of the authors you like to read?
A: James Elkins, Albert Goldbarth, St. Nick Susan Mitchell, James Richardson, St. Nikolai Velimirovch, Gerald Stern, Maira Kalman, Lydia Davis, Patrick Somerville, Ander Monson, Mark Helprin, Alice Fulton, Philip Pullman, St. Julian of Norwich, Adam Phillips, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, Helene Grimaud, Nick Hornby, A.S. Byatt…

Q: What things do you like to do to get away from pen and paper?
A: Paint, read, walk, watch movies.

Q: What do you hope readers find in your writing?
A: Playfulness and mystery.

Q: Anything else you’d like readers to know?
A: “It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” —The Cat in the Hat