Claire Bateman
1956 -

South Carolina ConnectionClaire Bateman

Claire Bateman lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Bicycle Slow Race, 1991
  • Friction, 1998 
  • At the Funeral of the Ether, 1998
  • Clumsy, 2003


Claire Bateman received her B.A. in English from Kenyon College in 1978 and her M.F.A. from Vermont College in 1993.  From 1993-95 she taught at Clemson University.

Claire Bateman is a nationally recognized poet.  Her poetry has been featured in Kenyon Review, Southern Review, Paris Review, South Carolina Review, Georgia Review, and other publications.   

Bateman says that she keeps "wild and messy" notebooks wherein she records random mental images.  She also gathers pieces of information while browsing in bookstores and libraries. Eventually, Bateman reveals, some of these musings coalesce to become the bases of her poetry.

Bateman lives in Greenville, SC, and teaches Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center, a school for high school artists, writers, and performers.  Her own creative sensitivity enables Bateman to nurture the emerging talents of her students.  The format of her class is one in which students present their work and critique the work of fellow students. 


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  • Louisiana Literature Poetry Prize, 1990
  • National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Fellowship, 1991
  • Robert Frost Fellowship, 1991
  • Tennessee Arts Commission, Literary Award, 1996
  • New Millennium Writing Poetry Prize, 1998
  • Pushcart Prize, 2000
  • Scholastic Arts Writing Teacher Portfolio Award, 2000

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Selected Links

Greenville Fine Arts Center  This site contains information about the Fine Arts Center Creative Writing Program as well as biographical and contact information for Claire Bateman.

Poem  This site features a poem by Bateman and includes author comments

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