CarlaCarla Barger is a poet and lyric essayist who hails from the farmlands of southwest Ohio. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the PhD program at SUNY Binghamton. She’s currently finishing coursework and teaching in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has appeared in decomP magazinE, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Light Ekphrastic, and elsewhere and is forthcoming in MidAmerica. She has received the 2019 David Diamond Writing Prize from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and the Malcolm Sedam Writing Award for Poetry from Miami University, and has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project Award.

Carla’s creative work explores place and landscape, liminality, family and class dynamics, and our degradation of nature and each other. She sometimes collaborates with visual artists, scholars, and other writers on various types of projects. She also researches and writes about ecopoetics, film theory and criticism, Marxism, ghostlore, the Gothic pastoral, and Wuthering Heights. She has recently begun exploring how digital humanities can interconnect poetry (as well as other artistic practices) and research to serve as a way to make both more accessible.

She is also a former editor and academic administrator. To learn more about Carla’s career background, go here or here.  She has lived in many places but currently resides in Oak Park, IL, with her wife and little copper husky, Lucille Ball.