Claire Hsu Accomando
  • Claire Hsu Accomando
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Claire Hsu Accomando was born in Geneva, Switzerland, to a French mother and a Chinese father. Her book,
Love and Rutabaga, published by St. Martin’s Press, is an engaging memoir of a childhood spent under the shadow of Nazi-occupied France during WWII. A former history and ESL teacher, her recent poetry has appeared in the Atlanta Review, Mudfish, California Quarterly, Perigee, The San Diego Poetry Annual, and the Magee Park Poets Anthology. “Wigs Galore” is published by permission of the author.

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