Carolyne Wright

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Carolyne Wright
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BornBellingham, Washington
EducationSeattle University,
New York University
Alma materSyracuse University

Carolyne Wright (born Bellingham, Washington) is an American poet.


She studied at Seattle University, New York University, and graduated from Syracuse University with master's and doctoral degrees.[1]

She has held visiting creative writing posts at Radcliffe College, Sweet Briar College, Emory University, University of Wyoming, University of Miami, Oklahoma State University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, The College of Wooster,[2] and Cleveland State University.

She is Translation Editor of Artful Dodge.[3] Her work appeared in AGNI,[4] Artful Dodge, Hotel Amerika, Hunger Mountain, Iowa Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poets & Writers, Southern Review.

From 2004-2008, she served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP). Since 2005, she teaches at the Whidbey Writers Workshop.[5] In 2008, she is Thornton Poet in Residence at Lynchburg College,[6] and Distinguished Northwest Poet at Seattle University. She lives in Seattle.[7]


  • Writing Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center
  • Vermont Studio Center Fellowship
  • Yaddo Fellowship
  • Fulbright Study Grant in Chile, during the presidency of Salvador Allende
  • Indo-U.S. Subcommission and Fulbright Senior Research fellowships in Calcutta and Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Witter Bynner Foundation Grant, for A Bouquet of Roses on the Burning Ground
  • NEA Fellowship in Translation, for A Bouquet of Roses on the Burning Ground
  • Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College Fellowship, for A Bouquet of Roses on the Burning Ground
  • Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, for A Change of Maps'
  • 2007 Independent Book Publishers Bronze Award for Poetry, for A Change of Maps
  • Blue Lynx Prize
  • Oklahoma Book Award in Poetry
  • 2001 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation.
  • PEN/Jerard Fund Award and the Crossing Boundaries Award from International Quarterly for The Road to Isla Negra


  • A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press, 2006),
  • Seasons of Mangoes and Brainfire. Lynx House Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-89924-106-7. (2nd edition 2005)
  • Premonitions of an Uneasy Guest. Hardin-Simmons University Press. 1983. ISBN 978-0-910075-02-2. (AWP Award Series)
  • Dale K. Boyer, ed. (1978). Stealing the Children. Ahsahta Press. ISBN 978-0-916272-09-8., an invitational chapbook
  • Carolyne Wright: Greatest Hits 1975-2001. Pudding House Publications. 2002. ISBN 978-1-58998-085-3.
  • A Choice of Fidelities: Lectures and Readings from a Writer's Life (Ashland Poetry Press)



  • The Road to Isla Negra



Carolyne Wright's journey through nearly four decades shows that the past is often a world that resists disclosure, and yet the fact is less a fact about the past than a fact about our ability to find signposts among contingent scenarios. Wright has this ability; which is less a concession to the spell of technique (which she owns) than a kind of knowledge about poetry's secret sway and coterie wisdom and therefore of abiding interest to poetry's serious readers—be they ever so few—who know that the intramural is what we used to call the universal, but know also that that is no come-down but a field promotion fitting for the lean hereafter.[8]

Carolyne Wright's latest poetry collection, A Change of Maps, may remind those with keen memories of Matthew Arnold's poem "The Scholar Gipsy," in which a mysterious male figure abandons the safety of Oxford's "dreaming spires" to wander the world in search of truth.[9]


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  8. ^ David Rigsbee (Spring 2008). ""A Change of Maps" by Carolyne Wright – A Book Review". The Cortland Review.
  9. ^ Elinor Benedict (April 1, 2008). "Carolyne Wright as "Scholar Gipsy"". Iowa Review.[permanent dead link]