Daniel Tam-Claiborne

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Daniel Tam-Claiborne is a multiracial essayist and author of the short story collection What Never Leaves. His writing has appeared in Literary Hub, Off Assignment, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. A 2022 NEA Literature Fellow, he has also received fellowships and awards from the U.S. Fulbright Program, Kundiman, Writing By Writers, and others. Daniel holds degrees from Oberlin College, Yale University, and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, and is currently completing a novel set against the backdrop of contemporary U.S.-China relations.


Cover Photo: A screenshot from the film When Harry Met Sally, depicting Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal squatting on an apartment floor and talking to one another.
Making the Grand Romantic Gesture

In our seven years together, we’ve thrived on routine. We’ve done long-distance before, but never quite like this.