Carolyn Beard Whitlow

Guilford College 5800 West Friendly Avenue
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 316-2116

Author's Bio

Named a Cave Canem Fellow in 2000, Carolyn Beard Whitlow is a New Formalist who writes lyric, blues, jazz and persona poems. Although not a Slam Poet, she is known for her dynamic readings. While Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Guilford College, a Liberal Arts Quaker College in Greensboro,NC, she has been awarded writing residencies at Yaddo, Soul Mountain and Hedgebrook. Finalist for both the 1991 Barnard New Women Poets Prize and the 2006 Ohio State University Prize in Poetry, her book VANISHED won the 2006 Naomi Long Madgett Prize in Poetry. She published the essay on the Villanelle form entitled "Blues in Black and White" in BEYOND NEW FORMALISM: CONTEMPORARY ESSAYS on POETIC FORM and NARRATIVE. She draws from the same creative well as a fiber artist.

Publications and Prizes

(Lotus Press, Inc., 2006)
, Wild Meat
(Lost Roads Press, 1986)
A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry
(University of Akron Press, 2012)
, A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women
(Story Line Press, 1994)
, American Diaspora: Poetry of Exile
(University of Iowa Press, 2000)
, Crossroads: Creative Writing Exercises in Four Genres
(Pearson Longman, 2004)
, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's First Decade
(University of Michigan Press, 2006)
, Home is Where: An Anthology of African American Poets from the Carolinas
(Hub City Press, 2011)
, Kakalak 2006: An Anthology of Carolina Poets
(Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2006)
, Obsession: Sestinas in the 21st Century
(University Press of New England, 2014)
, Open Roads: Exercises in Writing Poetry
(Pearson Longman, 2004)
, The Paradelle
(Red Hen Press, 2006)
, The Paradelle: An Anthology
(Red Hen Press, 2005)
, Three Genres: Writing Fiction/Non-Fiction, Poetry and Drama (9th ed.)
(Prentice Hall, 2011)
, Touched By Eros
(Live Poets Society, 2004)
, Villanelles
(Random House Value Publishing, 2012)
, Women's Work: Modern Women Poets Writing in English
(Seren Books, 2008)
, Word and Witness: 100 Years of North Carolina Poetry
(Academic Books, 1999)
, Writing Your Rhythm
(Story Line Press, 2002)
13th Moon, 5 A.M., African American Review, Callaloo, Cold Mountain Review, Crab Orchard Review, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Many Mountains Moving, Mockingbird, Obsidian II: Black Literature in Review, Obsidian lll: Literature in the African Diaspora, Solo Cafe, storySouth, Tar Wolf Review, Massachusetts Review, Tiger's Eye
When the Wind Stills
(Finishing Line Press, 2013)
Prizes Won: 
2006 Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award 2012 Sonia Sanchez/Amiri Baraka Prize in Poetry

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Detroit, United States
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Detroit, MI, United States
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Last updated: Sep 13, 2013