Claire Millikin grew up in Georgia, North Carolina, and overseas. She went north to college, earning a bachelors in Philosophy from Yale, and a doctorate in English literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she received the Carolyn Heilbrun dissertation award for feminist scholarship. After graduation, she moved to Owls Head, Maine, where she lived for many years. She has worked as a janitor, a waitress, and a copywriter (for l'Observatoire International). She now divides her time between Owls Head, Maine, and Charlottesville, Virginia, and teaches for the program in Art History at the University of Virginia, as well as teaching occasional poetry classes for WriterHouse, in Charlottesville. She is the author of five full-length collections of poetry, including Motels Where We Lived (Unicorn Press 2014), a 2015 finalist for the Maine Literary Award in poetry. Her other books include Tartessos and Other Cities (2Leaf Press 2016), Television (Unicorn Press 2016), After Houses-Poetry for the Homeless (2Leaf Press 2014), and Museum of Snow (2013). Her poem "Atlantic" received the 2015 Lois Prize, from CALYX, and earlier poems have been noted for literary distinction by Stone Voices (2013), and received third place for the James Hearst Poetry Prize (North American Review). Her poems have most recently appeared in Cold Mountain Review, Kestrel, the Beloit Poetry Journal, and Grain, among other journals. Under her name by marriage, Claire Raymond, she publishes scholarly work, with an emphasis on feminist theory.