Clarabelle Miray* Fields is an award-winning, Rhysling-nominated writer native to Boulder, Colorado. Born in 1995, she spent her childhood exploring the shadowy foothills and windswept peaks of the Rocky Mountains, an experience which still shapes the backdrop, both literal and metaphorical, of her creative work today. From a young age, Clarabelle’s focus was turned towards studying and appreciating the magic of the natural world—the silent motions of the night sky, the inevitable passage of seasons, myriad cycles of death and rebirth. While immersed in nature, she would often imagine alternative realities, ones in which dragons flew overhead and alien worlds sparkled among faraway stars. This wilderness- and imagination-filled childhood planted the seeds of her future interest in speculative creativity, especially the genres of fantasy and science fiction.
Clarabelle earned her first professional publication at age fourteen, and since then, her work has appeared widely in print and online, most notably in the SFPA’s 2021 Rhysling Anthology and in places such as Danse Macabre, Eternal Haunted Summer, and Swords and Sorcery Quarterly. She primarily writes fantasy- and scifi-flavored speculative poetry and prose, but she enjoys anything that explores the unreal, unknown, and imaginary, particularly the boundaries of dream and reality and the many shades of gray in-between. In her own work, she is especially interested in exploring issues of mental health, alienation and isolation, Jungian psychology, and transhumanism. She lists writers such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Octavia E. Butler, William Gibson, Alan Moore, and Philip K. Dick among her main creative influences. Also interested in the macabre, Clarabelle dabbles in writing horror, although fantasy and scifi remain her major concentrations.
Previously an academic researcher, Clarabelle holds a BA in classical languages (2018, summa cum laude) and studied in the U.K. as a Fulbright Summer Institute participant. Now rooted in the American Midwest, Clarabelle works as a web developer and system admin, writing and editing professionally in her free time. She currently serves as masthead for Carmina Magazine, a publication that showcases how ancient mythology is still creatively relevant in the modern day. When she isn't working, she enjoys reading, being active outdoors, watching horror movies, playing PC games, and drinking dark coffee (or dark beer, depending on the day). Her favorite pastime, though, has always been to sit outside on quiet nights and watch the sky turning.
*Miray: pronounced meer-eye, last syllable rhymes with high