Carrie Etter

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Carrie Etter
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles,
University of California, Irvine
Notable awardsLondon Awards for Art and Performance

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 Reader at Bath Spa University, where she has taught since 2004.[1]

In the UK, her poems have appeared in The New Statesman, Poetry Review, The Rialto, The Times Literary Supplement, and elsewhere, while in the US her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, 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, and The Times Literary Supplement, among others. Etter has published essays on Sherman Alexie, Peter Reading and W. B. Yeats.

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, which went on to be shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry by the Poetry Society.

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Subterfuge of the Unrequitable: Poets & Poets Press, 1998, ISBN 978-0-937013-79-3 (pamphlet/chapbook)
  • Yet: Leafe Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9535401-9-8 (pamphlet/chapbook)
  • The Tethers: Seren Books, 2009, ISBN 978-1-85411-492-1
  • The Son: Oystercatcher Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-905885-24-4 (pamphlet/chapbook)
  • Divining for Starters: Shearsman Books, 2011, ISBN 9781848611504
  • Imagined Sons: Seren Books, 2014, ISBN 9781781721513


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


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