Claire O'Brien


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After 15 years as a forensic expert, Claire hung up her crime scene gear to write. Soon she was leading the copywriting team at a major travel brand. Now, when not crafting headlines from her home in Costa Rica, she's pursuing an MFA at Queens University of Charlotte. Her essay “Dead Weight” won the 2020 Hippocampus Magazine grand prize for Creative Nonfiction, the 2021 ASJA writing award in the Personal Essay category, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  "Dead Weight" is part of her larger project, “Tomorrow, We Might Wake Up Dead,” about her career in human identification.

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