About Carrie


Carrie has studied with many distinguished poets including Herbert Scott, Mary Ruefle, J. Allyn Rosser, Mark Halliday, Nin Andrews, William Olsen, and Nancy Eimers. Carrie McGath’s first collection of poems, Small Murders, was released in 2006 by New Issues Poetry and Prose. Since then, Carrie has self-published four limited-edition chapbooks, including: Ward Eighty-One, The Chase, So Sorry to See You Go, and Ohio Lonely. “I think of my chapbooks as concept albums. As you would play an album from start to finish, my intent is that my reader reads my chapbooks from start to finish in one sitting. There is a story in the ordering of the poems just as there is a story in the poems themselves.”

Carrie is listed on VIDA’s ‘anti-list’ of Under-Acknowledged Women Writers where author, Monica Drake writes: “… McGath reimagines a world that opens to grand possibility while simultaneously remaining painfully claustrophobic,  and therefore married to a new kind of truth.”

Current projects include a chapbook of poems called, Dollface, where poem-songs between artists Unica Zürn and Hans Bellmer are imagined conversations and thoughts existing in their passionate and tumultuous relationship.

She is also at work on her second full-length collection of poems tentatively titled, The Luck of Anhedonia.

Carrie will begin her doctoral studies in poetry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in the fall of 2016.