Claudia Smith grew up mostly in Houston, Texas where she attended the High School For the Performing and Visual Arts. Her essays have most recently appeared in The Manifest-Station, The Toast/The Butter, and The Rumpus. She is the author of two flash fiction collections, The Sky Is A Well And Other Shorts (Rose Metal Press) and Put Your Head In My Lap (Future Tense Books). The Sky Is A Well was reprinted as part of A Peculiar Feeling of Restlessness: Four Chapbooks of Short Short Fiction by Four Women. Her story collection, Quarry Light, is available from Magic Helicopter Press. Claudia is a lecturer at The University of Houston Downtown.