Carolyn D. Wright
Writer (poet); Educator
Israel Kapstein Professor of English and Professor of Literary Arts at Brown University. She has published numerous collections of poetry and prose, most recently Steal Away, Selected and New Poems (Copper Canyon, 2002,2003); One Big Self:Prisoners of Louisiana with photographer Deborah Luster (Twin Palms, 2004), and a work in prose, Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil (Copper Canyon, 2005). String Light (University of Georgia Press, 1991) won the 1992 Poetry Center Book Award given by San Francisco State University. Poems and essays have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Arschile, BRICK, CONJUNCTIONS, Sulfur, and other magazines. Wright has composed and published two State literary maps: one for Arkansas, her native state, and one for Rhode Island, her adopted state. With poet Forrest Gander, she edited Lost Roads Publishers for twenty years. Her latest collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster earned them the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. She has also won fellowships and awards from the Bunting Institute, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the MacArthur, Guggenheim, Lannan, and Wallace Foundations.