Carrie Etter

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Gender Female
Industry Education
Occupation Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University
Location Bath, United Kingdom
Introduction I am an American poet resident in England since 2001. Previously I lived in Normal, Illinois (till age 19) and southern California (from age 19 to 32). * My first collection, The Tethers (Seren, 2009), won the London New Poetry Award, and in March 2010 the anthology I edited, Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets, was published by Shearsman Books. My second collection, Divining for Starters, came out with Shearsman in February 2011, while my third, Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014) was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry from The Poetry Society. Individual poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, The New Republic, The New Statesman, The Times Literary Supplement and many other journals. * I also publish reviews, most recently in The Guardian, Poetry London and The Warwick Review, and short fiction, with appearances in New Welsh Review, Oblong and Flash. * I am a senior lecturer in creative writing at Bath Spa University, where I have taught since 2004.
Interests Contemporary poetry, Victorian literature and culture, masks (collecting), travel, characterful pubs
Favorite Movies In no particular order: All the President's Men, Downfall, The Secret in Their Eyes, Nine Queens, The Wild Bunch, In the Mood for Love, Whale Rider, Pride and Prejudice (BBC), Persuasion, Blue, Spirited Away....
Favorite Music R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, The Cocteau Twins, Laura Veirs, Kate Bush, Gillian Welch, Regina Spektor, Bats for Lashes, KT Tunstall
Favorite Books Novels--As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Jack Maggs by Peter Carey, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens, The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle.... Poets--Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, Peter Reading, Christopher Logue, Linda Gregg, Lyn Hejinian....

You have to dig a hole to China. Where do you start?

My hometown--Normal, Illinois