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 is a PhD candidate and teaching assistant in the creative writing program at Binghamton University. Her work has appeared in several literary journals, photography books, art gallery catalogs, and elsewhere.

Carla writes mainly poetry and hybrid essays. Always lyrical, sometimes gothic, her writing explores place, self-awareness, family and class dynamics, and the divided self. She also writes ekphrasis and sometimes collaborates with visual artists and other writers on various types of projects. Her critical work mostly discusses the rhetoric and intertextuality of literature, film, and television.

Carla is also a former freelance editor and academic administrator. To learn more about Carla’s career background, go here.  She currently splits her time between Binghamton, NY, and Oak Park, IL, with her talented art director wife and her little copper husky, Lucille Ball.