About Clara

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Raised in Northern Michigan on stolen Ojibwe land, Clara is a poet that rejects separation between the natural world and the human experience, exploring traditions of mythology and folklore within her work. She is attracted to the future, both utopia and dystopia, as well as the revival of spirituality in times of change. Currently studying for her MFA in poetry at University of Oregon, Clara received the department's Starlin Poetry Prize in her first year.


As a student of English at Grinnell College, Clara received the Selden Whitcomb Prize in Poetry in 2016 and was a runner-up in 2018. During her college education, she also co-led Grinnell Monologues, a writing and performance group dedicated to uplifting the experiences of queer and gender non-conforming people.

Besides writing, Clara loves teaching writing and organizing within her community. In DC, she spent 2019 with feminist anti-war group CODEPINK, coordinating their 2019 Fall Iran Peace Delegation and the Congressional Divest from War campaign. She has also participated in the Embassy Protective Collective, the anti-imperialist resistance to the State Department takeover of the Venezuela Embassy during US coup efforts in Venezuela. More reccently, she worked with Mutual Aid Network of Ypsilanti.