Claire Gebben

About me

Claire Gebben was born and raised on the southeast side of Cleveland in Moreland Hills, Ohio. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing through the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, Washington. Her stories, articles and essays have appeared in “The Speculative Edge,” “The Fine Line,” and “Shark Reef,” among other publications. In order to write her first historical fiction novel “Harm’s Way” (publication early 2014) she studied the ancient art of blacksmithing and harvested grapes in the vineyard of her ancestors in Germany. She is a writing teacher and Fiction Editor of “Soundings Review” literary magazine. Ms. Gebben is married, has two adult children, and lives on Mercer Island, Washington.

From my website

The Nonnenstein and other tales

I’ve been thinking a lot today about my other German great-great grandfather Henry F. Hoppensack, born April 29, 1821. He wrote in his autobiography about his formative years growing up in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Clearly, he never forgot how hard he had to work on behalf of his father on the Estate…

A big oops

Well, I’ve done it again. I make the oddest mistakes, sometimes, and this one had a ripple effect that still has me feeling abashed and off balance. The story of my first two days in Freinsheim. Of course I want to see all the relatives as soon as I possibly…

A picture’s worth …

Jet-lagged, but arrival back in Freinsheim has brought a barrage of sights to share. Freinsheim’s “Eisentor,” the old main gate Time for the grape harvest Weingut Oberholz Freinsheim town center and Rathaus   Matthias and I have reviewed the calendar during my stay. The story of the Harm brothers descendants…

 
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