Carol has spent her whole life bouncing between coasts and now finds herself in Easton, PA after a decade in Portland, OR, where she did her part to “keep it weird.”

She has an MFA in Creative Writing from CSU-Fresno and a background in higher education and quality assurance. She is a cat owner who secretly prefers dogs, though she wouldn’t give up her Snowshoe mix, Fin, for anything.

Carol Claassen’s prose has been noted in The Best American Essays 2011, nominated for a Pushcart Prize, nominated for Best of the Net, awarded The Forge Flash Nonfiction Competition Prize, and is published or forthcoming 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, wrangling her beloved niece and nephew, taking long walks, snapping photos for fun, or happily working to pay the bills.

Carol loves her fellow writers and readers and hopes you will connect with her on Twitter. Find her @SongOfTheStars.