CarlaCarla Barger is a poet, lyric essayist, and digital humanist 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, teaching undergrads, and co-directing the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has appeared in decomP magazinE, Green Hills Literary Lantern, The Light Ekphrastic, MidAmerica and elsewhere. She 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 was 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, and Emily Bronte’s canonical novel, Wuthering Heights. Carla uses digital tools to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to writing that marries poetics and research in various fields.

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