About Colleen Clayton

Colleen Clayton grew up in a small, suburban town just outside of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from Kent State University, she worked as a social worker in residential treatment centers for troubled teens and as Program Supervisor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mahoning Valley. She currently lives in Ohio with her family and recently received her MFA in fiction writing from the Northeast Ohio Consortium (NEOMFA). She teaches fiction writing and composition at Youngstown State University.

Fun Facts

Favorite Authors
Jean Shepherd, David Sedaris, Lucy Christopher, Alyssa Brugman, Daniel Woodrell, Ayn Rand, Jonathan Lethem, Thomas James.

Favorite Foods
Pho, sushi, and anything covered in Nutella.

Favorite Bands
The Beatles, Fiona Apple, Brandi Carlile, Aimee Mann, Damien Rice, Ray Lamontagne, Phosphorescence.

Favorite Song
“Never Is A Promise” by Fiona Apple (this song got me through six years of query rejection and I never tire of listening to it…)

Favorite Colors
Green, turquoise, and blue.  Sometimes pink.

Favorite TV Shows
Duck Dynasty, Copper, Sons of Anarchy, Justified, The Walking Dead, Wilfred, Orphan Black.

Favorite Words
Violets and Oceania.

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