Peter Neil Carroll


Belmont, CA
California US

Author's Bio

Peter Neil Carroll has published six volumes of poetry and many books of history, memoir, and non-fiction. His most recent books are Something is Bound to Break (Main Street Rag, 2019), An Elegy for Lovers (Main Street Rag, 2017) and The Truth Lies on Earth (Turning Point, 2017). Earlier collections include Fracking Dakota: Poems for a Wounded Land (Turning Point Press, 2015). An earlier collection is A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places (Hollywood, CA: The Poetry Press, 2012) which won the Prize Americana from the Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. Charlotte Muse writes: Peter N. Carroll has gone to see America for himself. He has traveled through desolate, mysterious western places full of the spirit of vanished peoples, and gone watching, remembering, and bring us back the gift of these poems…. These are the lively poems, though love and sorrow are never far from the surface, as in the unforgettable last lines from “The Mountain Top”: An earlier volume is Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem (Higganum Hill, CT: Higganum Hill Books, 2008). These poems describe a latter-day Huck and Jim journey down the great river. Among recently published poems on line: “Appalachia” “Restless Spring” His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Amsterdam Quarterly, Atlanta Review, Catamaran, Verse Daily, Southern Humanities Review, Spillway, Plainsongs, North American Review, and more. Peter reads frequently on both coasts and flyover states and welcomes opportunities to read and discuss his work. His non-fiction books include Keeping Time: Memory Nostalgia & the Art of History (Georgia) The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War (Stanford) and It Seemed Like Nothing Happened: America in the 1970s (Rutgers) He lives with the writer-photographer Jeannette Ferrary.

Publications & Prizes

Riverborne: A Mississippi Requiem (Higganum Hill Books, 2008)
Prizes won: 

Prize Americana for A Child Turns Back to Wave: Poetry of Lost Places from Institute for the Study of American Popular Culture. Silver Medal from Commonwealth Club for The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.

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Last update: Oct 31, 2019