Carrie McGath


Chicago, IL 60647

Author's Bio

Carrie has studied with many distinguished poets including Herbert Scott, Mary Ruefle, J. Allyn Rosser, Mark Halliday, Nin Andrews, William Olsen, and Nancy Eimers. She is currently studying with poet, Christina Pugh and fiction and non fiction writer, Luis Alberto Urrea at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 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.”

Dollface, where poem-songs between artists Unica Zürn and Hans Bellmer are imagined conversations and thoughts existing in their passionate and tumultuous relationship. This chapbook will be available for purchase very soon in the shop.

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

Carrie is a Doctoral Candidate in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Publications & Prizes

Small Murders (New Issues Press, 2006)
Barrow Street
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Hiram Poetry Review
Poetry Motel
Prizes won: 

2019 AWP Intro Projest Award winner for my poem, "Dear Anhedonia." The poem was published in Tahoma Literary Review. 

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Youngstown, OH
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Youngstown, OH
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Last update: Sep 09, 2020