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Comments Olivia Clare
"Pétur"
2014 O. Henry Award-winning Author

Inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories means a great, great deal to me. I feel grateful for this work to be published.

(author photo © T. Zachary Cotler)


About the Author

I came to fiction writing as a poet. Of course, this influences my notions about language, rhythm, and syntax. I am interested in subtlety and in synaptic happenings between sentences. Maybe instead of sentence A leading naturally to sentence B, C, D, etc., I try to write from sentence A to sentence D to sentence L, even sometimes out to sentence Orchid, sentence Peacock, sentence Ω.




Author's Desk

I'm working on a novel set in Louisiana. I'm also working on a short story collection and two poetry manuscripts.


About the Author

Olivia Clare was born in New York in 1982 and spent her childhood in Louisiana. Her stories have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Southern Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere. "Pétur" is her first published story. Her poems have been published in Poetry, London Magazine, and other journals. In 2011, she received a Ruth Lilly Award from the Poetry Foundation. She lives in Las Vegas.


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