Ecofeminist Love Poet | Activist Teacher | Maker | Tarot Storyteller

Emily Carr lives in Florida. She’s passionate about the rediscovery of Mississippi poet besmilr brigham, the sexual politics of meat, the limits of Achilles’ honesty and the problem of Chaucer’s spring, un-posted love letters, cannibal chickens and a ship too late to save the drowning witch.

Carr has been named a finalist in seven national book contests, including the National Poetry Series. Her second collection, 13 Ways of Happily: Books 1 & 2 (Parlor Press 2011), was chosen by Cole Swensen as the winner of the 2009 New Measures Poetry Prize. Her third collection, whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet—, inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary.

Carr has received fellowships from the the Studios of Key West, Caldera Arts, Chalkhill, Vermont Studio Center, the Jack Kerouac House, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Writers in the Heartland, and Camac Centre d’Art. Carr received her BA from the University of Missouri, her MFA from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and her Ph.D. from the University of Calgary.


Name Your Bird Without A Gun: a Tarot romance | Spork | 2019

whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet— | McSweeney’s | 2016

13 Ways of Happily: books 1 & 2 | Parlor Press | 2010

directions for flying | Furniture Press | 2009

Dr. Emily Carr performs Yesterday's News, a collaborative, Oulipo-style crossword poem on the occasion of her 40th birthday.

Read Emily’s Work Online

four crossword poems from The Stork Rides Shotgun: statistically significant poems in Tupelo Quarterly

excerpts from whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet— in Front Porch

essay on the making of whosoever has let a minotaur enter them, or a sonnet— in Lithub

excerpts from Name Your Bird Without A Gun: a Tarot Romance in A Bad Penny Review

excerpts from Name Your Bird Without A Gun: a Tarot Romance in Web Conjunctions

excerpts from Trois Versions de L’inavouble: The Autopsy Lyrics in APT

excerpts from The Emergency of Feeling Manual in Tarpaulin Sky

a micro essay and concrete poem in Mina Loy: Negotiating the Avant Garde

as Poet-in-Residence for the Source Weekly’s “This Perfect Day” feature

a seldom stand-alone poem in Under A Warm Green Linden

a lyric essay on eating disorders and family politics in Better Lit & Culture



Stay This Moment: The Autopsy Lyrics | Little Red Leaves Textile Series | Acts 1 & 2 | 2013 | Acts 3 & 4 |2015

Name Your Bird Without A Gun | Tarpaulin Sky | 2015

Napoleon’s Cannonballs | Fairytale Review | 2013

Resurrection Refrains | Dancing Girl press | 2013

Up the Shinbone Superlatives | horseless press | 2012

The Weights of Heaven | Western Humanities Review | 2011

eve/ in exile | International Studies in Literature & the Environment | 2010

Selected Awards & Magazine Publications

The Capilano Review Biofiction Prize Winner | 2019

Dartmouth Poet-in-Residence Finalist | 2012, 2013, 2018, 2019

Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize Short List | 2019

So To Speak Poetry Contest First Runner-Up | 2018

Member in the Spotlight | 2016 | Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Poems, Essays, Quizzes, Crosswords & Other Hybrid Forms Appearing In…

the American Poetry Review, DIAGRAM, the Capilano Review, Prairie Schooner, Tupelo Quarterly, the Tampa Review, the Notre Dame Review, Miracle Monocle, Tammy, Birdfeast, Interim, Tarpaulin Sky, So To Speak, Atticus Review, Digital Mina Loy, The Operating System, the Source Weekly, APT, Green Linden, Typo, Mortar, Noon, Bedfellows, Contemporary Verse, witchcraft magazine, Tuesday: An Art Project, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Lithub, A Bad Penny Review, Posit, Loose Change, Feminist Wire, Front Porch, Interim, CV2, the Fiddlehead, Green Mountains Review, TYPO, Gargoyle, & Better Lit & Culture, Prism International, Grain, Prairie Fire, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Peacock, Feminist Studies, Web Conjunctions, Alice Blue, Blackbox Manifold, Cutbank, LUNGFULL!, Free Verse, The Journal, Spoon River Poetry Review, Phoebe, the Black Warrior Review, Fourteen Hills, dusie, Interim, International Studies in Literature & the Environment, the Antigonish Review, the Fiddlehead, Margie, Caketrain, the Antigonish Review, 6 by 6, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Contemporary Verse 2, The Dirty Napkin, Bombay Gin, Dusie , noon, Versal, Echolocation, Isotope, NOON: an Anthology of Short Poems, Choice Words Anthology, 78 Anthology

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Where I’m Writing From

I’m working on a collection of poems, The Stork Rides Shotgun: Statistically Significant Poems, and a hybrid collection of prose, The Emergency of Feeling Manual. These manuscripts forage into:

  • the heart of fact and the fact of heart

  • the moral distinctions and ambiguities around issues (such as fertility and body image) that continue to be subject-defining choices for women

  • the kinds of stories we just don’t tell (like surviving suicide and forgiving yourself for infidelity)

  • post-traumatic stress growth as an alternative to that peculiar narrative of adults as survivors

  • the kinds of linguistic flexibility and imaginative sympathy necessary to break our habit of objectifying—coopting, colonizing, exploiting—our world and ourselves

  • intersections of intellect and intuition, theory and passion, scholarship and play

  • aesthetic spaces where subjectivity and objectivity, the associative and the scientific mingle in mutual redefinition

  • poetic forms in which the reader actually, actively participates in the making of meaning, choosing her own reading experience

  • the crossword poem™

  • re-envisioning the lyric as an event

Looking Away