As a girl, Finkelstein led what she calls “a bifurcated life, half American, half some idea of upper bourgeois European society...This upbringing maintains itself in many of my poems as mood, or attitude, or actual subject matter”.
She was married at nineteen to Jack Finkelstein, a pediatric neurologist. They had three children, Adam, Gabriel, and Nicholas. She divorced in 1977 and later married the poet Robert Clinton.
In 1999 and 2000, she lived in Florence.
- two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts
- Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Vermont Arts Council grants
- 1999 Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship
- Fellow at the MacDowell Colony
- "Autumn Again". Virginia Quarterly Review: 501–502. Summer 1993.
- "The Lovers". Virginia Quarterly Review: 500–501. Summer 1993. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010.
- "After a Vermont Pond, 1977". Salon Magazine. March 16, 2004.
- Windows Facing East. Dragon Gate Press. 1986. ISBN 978-0-937872-30-7.
- Germany. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1995. ISBN 978-0-88748-193-2.
- Justice. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1999. ISBN 978-0-88748-297-7.
- The Moment.
- "Drift Road". Ploughshares. Spring 2003. Archived from the original on 2003-09-17.
- "Conjecture Number One Thousand". Ploughshares. Fall 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-07-23.
- "Baci, Of Course". Ploughshares. Fall 2001. Archived from the original on 2002-07-23.
About the poem, she writes: “I wrote ‘Conjecture Number One Thousand’ while I was a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. It’s a rueful comment on my second marriage and an attempt at checking the longing that lives in my memories. The irony and occasional flippancy replicate much of the marriage’s shape. Being at MacDowell, where my former husband and I had once attended, only heightened the senses of loss and comedy within that loss.”
- "Finkelstein, Caroline". 2001-01-01.
- "Ploughshares, the literary journal". 2002-03-05. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
- Donald Hall (2006). The Best Day the Worst Day. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-618-77362-6.
- "Garden in the Field by Caroline Finkelstein". Poetry Foundation. Poetry Magazine. 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-03-13.
-  Archived August 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived October 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "HWS: Seneca Review". 2014-07-28. Archived from the original on 2018-04-03. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
-  Archived January 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship- List of Past Recipients". www.amylowell.org. Retrieved 2018-03-13.