Claire Askew is a recent graduate of Lewis & Clark College. Originally from Kansas, she has also lived in Amherst, Massachusetts and Strasbourg, France. She is the author of Generation V: the Complete Guide to Going, Being, and Staying Vegan as a Teenager (2008). Her work has also appeared in the Kansas City Star, Fisk Real College Essays That Work, and Synergia, Lewis & Clark's journal of gender studies. She hopes to make a life with poetry and a living either teaching English in France, French in America, or advocating for reproductive justice.
Recognizing the need for poetry in our lives, the Oregon Poetic Voices Project (OPV) has begun to create a comprehensive digital archive of poetry readings that will complement existing print collections of poetry across the state.
"We each carry lines of poetry with us. Words that others have written float back to us and stay with us, indelibly. We clutch these "life lines" like totems, repeat them as mantras, and summon them for comfort and laughter."
-Academy of American Poets