Clara Bensen is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, she still hasn't quite accustomed to BBQ sauce, longhorns, and summers that melt the soles of your shoes, but you can occasionally catch her saying "y'all" if you listen close.  

She is currently writing a travel memoir based on a 2013 essay in Salon (it involves online dating, a mad scientist, and a travel experiment). The book, titled "No Baggage," is set for publication by Running Press in Fall 2015. New Line Cinema has acquired the rights to produce a feature length film based on the book.

Her personal work is inspired by the themes of surrealism, paradox, and forays into the unknown.