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Claire Lacey is a multidisciplinary writer, performer, educator and critic. Their work is a way of thinking out loud about a whole lot of stuff, from politics and identity to ethics and birds and roller skates. 
 
Claire's first book of poetry, Twin Tongues, won the 2013 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry. A collaboration with artist Sachie Ogawa resulted in Selkie, a graphic novel which was successfully crowdfunded and published in 2019. Claire completed their undergraduate degree in English at York University in Toronto and holds a master's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Calgary.

At some point or other Claire has been a strength and conditioning coach, a roller derby athlete, the writer for a neurosurgeon, an art gallery and museum minion, a teacher of English and creative writing, a freelance writer/editor, a radio host, a concussion recoverer, a dogsitter, and a volunteer for several literary orgs. 

Claire was born a settler on the traditional territory and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation within the borders of what is currently Canada. Currently, Claire lives in Aotearoa New Zealand and holds the University of Otago's City of Literature PhD scholarship. Their creative/critical thesis is on the subject of poetry and brain injury, and is jointly supervised by the departments of English and Anatomy. 

Pronouns: she, her, hers & they, them, theirs

Photo of writer Claire Lacey, smiling, with big curly brown hair and wearing a wool blazer