Carol Claassen has spent her whole life bouncing between coasts and now, after a decade in Portland, OR, where she thrived as a member of the city’s burgeoning LGBTQ community and did her part to keep Stumptown “weird,” finds herself riding out the COVID-19 pandemic with her mother in the small city of Easton, PA. She is a cat owner who secretly prefers dogs, though she wouldn’t give up her Snowshoe mix, Fin, for anything. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from CSU-Fresno and a background in higher education and quality assurance.

Carol’s prose has been noted in The Best American Essays, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, listed as a finalist for Best of the Net, awarded The Forge Flash Nonfiction Competition Prize, and is published in The Pinch, The Normal School, Fourth Genre, The Forge Literary Magazine, Pidgeonholes, SAND Journal, and 3Elements Review. She is currently working on a memoir about her relationship with her father.

When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading just about anything, singing to her overly-adoring cat, earning condescending looks from the neighbors during long walks in her FiveFinger shoes, snapping photos of flowers pushing up through sidewalk cracks, pranking her family, or happily working to pay the bills.

Carol appreciates her fellow writers and readers and hopes to connect on Twitter. Find her @SongOfTheStars.