Fall 2018 BMI Shearing Fellows Derek Palacio and Claire Vaye Watkins co-direct the Mojave school, a free creative writing workshop for teens based in Pahrump, NV. A Guggenheim Fellow and a recipient of the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, Watkins has embedded herself as a regional literary luminary. Palacio, an O. Henry Prize winner, has contributed to the literary landscape of the Cuban-American experience. Together, Watkins and Palacio will mark the end of their stay at BMI with an evening of readings and discussion in their favorite Vegas indie bookstore. Signing and reception to follow.
Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Manand the novel The Mortifications. He is the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins, of the Mojave School, a free creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada.
Claire Vaye Watkins grew up in the Mojave Desert, in Tecopa, California and across the state line in Pahrump, Nevada. A Guggenheim Fellow, she is the author of the novel Gold Fame Citrus and the story collectionBattleborn, which won the Story Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. Her stories and essays have appeared in Granta, Tin House, Freeman’s, The Paris Review, Story Quarterly, New American Stories, Best of the West, The New Republic, The New York Times, and many others. A recipient of fellowships from the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences, Claire was also one of the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35.”