claire van winkle founder

professional profile

  • Adjunct lecturer teaching composition, creative writing, and literature at CUNY and SUNY colleges;
  • Community Leader in the Freshman Year Initiative (FYI) at Queens College CUNY;
  • Academic Senate (Committee for Teaching Excellence & Evaluation, Queens College CUNY);
  • skilled in effectively conducting classrooms to maximize the learning potential of linguistically and culturally diverse groups; 
  • published and award-winning writer, literary translator, and public speaker;
  • researcher exploring the application of writing pedagogy to the treatment of psychiatric and developmental disorders;
  • experienced teacher and volunteer comfortable with leadership, independent, and collaborative roles.

bio in brief

Claire Van Winkle is a poet, essayist, and literary translator. She received her BA at New York University, where she studied creative writing, French language, and psychology. She completed her MFA in Poetry Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College CUNY.  Her current creative projects include a full-length poetry collection and new translations of the verse and theory of Stéphane Mallarmé and Paul Valéry.

Claire currently teaches undergraduate creative writing, composition, literature, and grammar at Queens College, Queensborough Community College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. In addition to her creative and academic pursuits, Claire also works as a Recreational Therapist (RT) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her clinical work and applied research center on the development and implementation of Pedagogical Therapy, which applies linguistic theory and  creative writing workshop methods to one-on-one and group therapy sessions for inpatient psychiatric patients.

Claire Van Winkle has been been the recipient of several honors and awards including the Queens College Foundation Scholarship for Poetry Writing & Literary Translation, a 2012 ALTA Travel Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, the Mary M. Fay Poetry Award, a Hunter College Memoir Prize, and the Lenore Lipstein Memorial Poetry Award. She currently resides in Rockaway Park, Queens.