Clare Beams

Clare Beams's fiction has appeared in One Story, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, FiveChapters, and elsewhere, and has received special mention in The Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize anthology. She is a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts fellow in prose and a 2014 tuition scholar at Bread Loaf. She lives with her husband and daughter in Pittsburgh, where she is at work on a novel.


In the wake of the end of things with Adam, a good and generous man, Teresa felt the need to do something self-evidently good and generous. Adam had made her feel incapable of giving. She would show him giving. She called her older sister Deb and said, “Let’s take Granna up north.”