CarlaCarla Barger lives an art-committed life and takes the question How shall I live? very seriously. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the PhD program at SUNY Binghamton. Currently she’s a PhD student and teaching assistant in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has appeared in several literary journals, photography books, art gallery catalogs, and elsewhere.

Carla is a poet and hybrid lyric essayist. Her work explores place and landscape, self-awareness, liminality, and family and class dynamics. She also writes ekphrasis and sometimes collaborates with visual artists and other writers on various types of projects. Her research interests include ecopoetics, class, folklore of the supernatural, and the Gothic pastoral as well as the places and ways these areas intersect both in literature and in TV and film. She also has a strong interest in the Brontes, particularly Wuthering Heights.

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