Arab American poet, essayist, educator, and performer Claudia F. Savage is one-half of the sound-poetry performance duo Thick in the Throat, Honey and a 2018-2021 fellow of The Black Earth Institute. She is the author of Bruising Continents (Spuyten Duyvil, 2017), The Last One Eaten: A Maligned Vegetable's History, and the collaborative The Hour of Anjali. Her poems and interviews have been published, most recently, in BOMB, Water-Stone Review, Denver Quarterly, Columbia, clade song, and Nimrod International. Her series, “Witness the Hour: Conversations with Arab-American Poets Across the Diaspora,” is a 2016-2018 feature in Drunken Boat/Anomaly. Her column about balancing parenting and art-making, "Leave the Dishes," can be found on VoiceCatcher's blog. She is also a Pushcart and Best New Poets nominee. Her collaboration, reductions, about motherhood and ephemerality, with Detroit visual artist Jacklyn Brickman, is forthcoming in galleries across the country in 2018. She’s garnered awards from Jentel, Ucross, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, The Mineral School, Hambidge, Oregon State University, Brush Creek, and Portland’s Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Claudia is a strong believer in the power of creative mentorship, collaboration, writing community, and constant, varied reading. She has an M.A. in Asian literature from Colorado State University, reads voraciously, and has been grateful to work with writers such as Max Regan, Li-Young Lee, Kim Addonizio, Eleni Sikelianos, and the incomparable Alice Notley.
As a teacher she’s excited about fostering discovery in her students. Her great joy is watching an exercise or discussion bring about a revelation that will deepen a student's artistic practice, and, in turn, his or her life.
She'd love to hear from you and have you join her for a workshop: