About Claire

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Claire Zulkey is an experienced professional writer based in her home town of Evanston, IL. The author and co-author of numerous books, she began her freelance career in 1998 and since then has had bylines in the New York TimesWall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Entrepreneur and Vice.

Her branded content clients include Red Bull, Subaru and Slack. She is the publisher of the newsletter Evil Witches and the co-founder/producer of Chicago's best/favorite/only literary humor reading series, Funny Ha-Ha.  

Claire has gotten the impression that writing bios in the third person sounds more professional than doing it in first. Is it working?

Other facts about Claire (reverting to first person now):

I was born in 1979 on Easter Sunday. My birthday is not on Easter Sunday every year but it is on tax day almost every year.

I was raised in Evanston, IL, attended Georgetown University for my bachelors degree and Northwestern University for my masters. I also graduated from the Second City writing workshop.

I am married to filmmaker Steve Delahoyde. He is tall and I am short but somehow we make it work. In 2012 we had a baby named Paul. In 2015 we had another one named James. 

Geraldo Rivera once asked me if I had oral herpes (I did not.) Anderson Cooper once told me I looked "kempt" when I expressed concern that I appeared "un-."

I would be nothing without the support of my fellow writer friends and hence I try to pass on what I've learned when asked but my favorite questions about the world of writing are specific and ideally won't take too long to answer. As much as I would love to help you I probably don't have time to read your manuscript. I also feel like I learned a frustratingly small amount about the publishing world based on my experience as a writer so if you're going to ask me how you publish your book, I will probably direct you to other, more comprehensive, sources.

I am allergic to bee stings and can touch my tongue to my nose. If you are making me dinner I don't really care for green peppers, black olives (kalamata are OK), salmon, nut-based desserts, stinky cheese or fennel. But I'll still eat if you make it.

Also:

If you want to know about the kangaroo, it's an engraving from an 1890s German Encyclopedia - Meyers Konversations-Lexikon.

If you want to know who designed this site, it's Fuzzy Gerdes.

Do you miss the very sprawling, nonsensical, very dated biographies that existed prior to this one? Have no fear:

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