Carrie Etter

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Carrie Etter (born 1969) is an American poet.


Originally from Normal, Illinois, she moved to Southern California at the age of 19, and on to London in 2001.

Etter holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an MFA, MA and PhD from the University of California, Irvine. She was a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire for 2003–2004, teaching short-story writing and literature.

She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University, where she has taught since 2004.[1]

In the UK, her poems have appeared in Metre, Poetry Wales, Poetry Review, Reactions, Thumbscrew, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere, while in the US her poems have appeared in Aufgabe, Barrow Street, Columbia, Meridian, The New Republic, Seneca Review, and many other journals. She is also an essayist and a critic. Her reviews of contemporary poetry have appeared in The Independent, The Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and Verse, among others. Etter has published essays on W.B. Yeats and Sherman Alexie in W.B. Yeats and Post-Colonialism and Telling the Stories: Essays on American Indian Literatures and Cultures, respectively.[2]

She won a 2010 London Awards for Art and Performance, the London New Poetry Award for a best first collection published in the UK and Ireland in the preceding year, for The Tethers. In 2013 she received an Authors' Foundation grant from the Society of Authors for work on her third collection, Imagined Sons.

Poetry collections[edit]


  • Carrie Etter (ed) Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, Shearsman Books, 2010, ISBN 978-1-84861-099-6


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