C D Wright by David Shankbone

C.D. Wright in 2007. Photo by David Shankbone. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Carolyn D. Wright (born January 6, 1949) is an American poet.[1]


Wright was born in Mountain Home, Arkansas to a chancery judge and a court reporter. She earned a B.A. from Memphis State College (now the University of Memphis) in 1971 and briefly attended law school before leaving to pursue an M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas, which she received in 1976. In 1979, she took a position at the San Francisco State University Poetry Center, which exposed her to many of the leading proponents of language poetry. In 1983 she moved to Providence, Rhode Island to teach writing at Brown University, where she is Israel J. Kapstein Professor of English. Stephen Burt has described her as an Elliptical Poet.[2]

Wright's early poetry was often narrative, but her later work has become increasingly experimental. Her poetry is strongly rooted in a sense of place and regional voices, particularly those of Rhode Island and the Ozarks. She has published literary maps of both Rhode Island and Arkansas. Her first and second books, Room Rented by a Single Woman and Terrorism: Poems, were published by Frank Stanford's Lost Roads Publishers. [3] Wright and her husband, Forrest Gander, began running Lost Roads after Stanford died in 1978 and Kinthompson went AWOL. Wright's later work includes String Light; Deepstep Come Shining, a book-length poem; and One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, a collaboration with photographer Deborah Luster. Her poems are featured in American Alphabets: 25 Contemporary Poets (2006) and many other anthologies.




  • Room Rented By A Single Woman. Fayetteville, AR: Lost Roads, 1977.
  • Terrorism: Poems. Fayetteville, AR: Lost Roads, 1979.
  • Translations of the Gospel Back into Tongues. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1982.
  • Further Adventures with You. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1986.
  • String Light: Poems. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1991.
  • Just Whistle: A valentine. Berkeley, CA: Kelsey Street Press, 1993.
  • The Lost Roads Project: A walk-in book of Arkansas (with photos by Deborah Luster). Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1994.
  • Tremble. Hopewell, NJ: Ecco, 1996.
  • Deepstep Come Shining. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 1998.
  • Steal Away: Selected and new poems. Port Townsen, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2002.
  • One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (with photos by Deborah Luster). Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms, 2003.
    • also published as One Big Self: An investigation. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2007.
  • Cooling Time: An American poetry vigil. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2005.
  • Like Something Flying Backwards: New and selected poems. Tarset, Northumberland, UK: Bloodaxe Books, 2007.
  • Rising, Falling, Hovering. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2008.
  • 40 Watts. Portland, OR, & Denver, CO: Octopus Books, 2009.
  • One with Others. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2010.

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Poet C.D. Wright reads from Rising, Falling, Hovering

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[8]

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  • An Evening with C.D. Wright. San Francisco: City Arts & Lectures, 2009.

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