Agent: Stimola LiteraryStudio
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Home page: www.clairehartfield.com
Claire Hartfield is a native and lifelong resident of Chicago, Illinois. She attended the
public schools of Chicago, received her B.A from Yale University, and her law degree
from The University of Chicago.
Hartfield's first children's book, Me and Uncle Romie is based on the life of renowned
African-American collage artist, Romare Bearden. Hartfield was first drawn to
Bearden's work by the storytelling quality of his collage compositions and,
particularly, his focus on ritual as a universally shared human experience.
Hartfield's second book, A Few Red Drops, tells the story of the Chicago Race Riot of
1919 and the conflicts and simmering tensions that exploded in bloodshed, sending
shock waves across the nation. Publication is scheduled for 2017.
Hartfield has long been involved with education, with particular focus on helping to
provide educational opportunities to under-served children. As a lawyer, she has
specialized in school desegregation litigation, using her legal skills to negotiate equal
educational opportunities for those who historically have been relegated to inferior
schools. More recently, she has been involved in setting policy and creating
programs in a charter school setting. She is presently Board Chair and a senior
consultant for the Alain Locke Charetr Academy on Chicago's African-American West
Part of the impetus for Hartfield's writing is to give young people an expanded
understanding of the breadth of the African-American experience. Her work also
explores the commonality of experience that is shared by people across cultures.
One of Hartfield's greatest pleasures has been raising her own three daughters, Emily,
Caroline and Corinne. It was through reading to her girls that she experienced first
hand, the ability of books to transform a child's understanding of the world and their
place in it. The magical and powerful role of books in the life of children drew her into
Interests: Dance, Piano, Guitar, Reading, My kids!
Published writer: Yes