Carrie Etter – Bath Spa University

Personal statement

American writer Carrie Etter has lived in England since 2001 and taught Creative Writing at Bath Spa University since 2004.

She has published three collections of poetry: "The Tethers" (Seren, 2009), winner of the London New Poetry Prize, "Divining for Starters" (Shearsman, 2011) and "Imagined Sons" (Seren, 2014), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry by The Poetry Society.

She also edited the anthology "Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets" (Shearsman, 2010) and former student Linda Lamus's posthumous collection, "A Crater the Size of Calcutta" (Mulfran, 2015). Individual poems have appeared in The New Republic, The New Statesman, Poetry Review, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other journals worldwide, and her short stories have appeared in several anthologies as well as numerous journals.

She also reviews contemporary poetry, most recently for The Guardian and Boston Review. More information is available on her website.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD University of California, Irvine
  • MA UC Irvine
  • MFA UC Irvine
  • BA University of California, Los Angeles.

Professional memberships

  • National Association of Writers in Education
  • Poetry Book Society
  • Poetry Society.

Areas of expertise 

  • Contemporary anglophone poetries
  • Prose poetry in English
  • The short-short story
  • Victorian literature and culture.

Research and academic outputs

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The shooting gallery

Etter, C (2020) The shooting gallery. Verve Poetry Press, Birmingham. ISBN 9781912565450

The weather in Normal

Etter, C (2018) The weather in Normal. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781781724590


Etter, C (2016) Scar. Shearsman Books, Bristol. ISBN 9781848614871

Hometown: short fiction

Etter, C (2016) Hometown: short fiction. V.Press, Droitwich. ISBN 9780992611460

A crater the size of Calcutta by Linda Lamus

Etter, C, ed. (2015) A crater the size of Calcutta by Linda Lamus. Mulfran Press, Cardiff. ISBN 9781907327261

Imagined sons

Etter, C (2014) Imagined sons. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781781721513

Divining for starters

Etter, C (2011) Divining for starters. Shearsman Books, Bristol. ISBN 9781848611504

Infinite difference: other poetries by UK women poets

Etter, C, ed. (2010) Infinite difference: other poetries by UK women poets. Shearsman Books, Bristol. ISBN 9781848610996

The tethers

Etter, C (2009) The tethers. Seren, Bridgend. ISBN 9781854114921

The son

Etter, C (2009) The son. Oystercatcher Press, Norfolk. ISBN 9781905885244

Taking the poetry exercise online

Etter, C (2021) 'Taking the poetry exercise online.' In: Girardi, T and Scheg, A.G, eds. Theories and strategies for teaching creative writing online. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780367756116

Selection of poems

Etter, C (2018) 'Selection of poems.' In: Boast, R, Ching, A and Hamilton, N, eds. The caught habits of language: an entertainment for W.S. Graham for him having reached one hundred. Donut Press, Bristol. ISBN 9780956644589

"Take the sour if you take me": reading Yeats's Crazy Jane as Ireland

Etter, C (2001) '"Take the sour if you take me": reading Yeats's Crazy Jane as Ireland.' In: Fleming, D, ed. W.B. Yeats and postcolonialism. Locust Hill, pp. 221-233. ISBN 9780933951884

Project and event work for undergraduate creative writing student development

Thebo, M, Vanderslice, S, McNair, P.A, English, L and Etter, C (2012) Project and event work for undergraduate creative writing student development. In: AWP Conference and Bookfair, 29 February - 3 March 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.

Project work for creative writing students

Thebo, M, Johnston, M and Etter, C (2010) Project work for creative writing students. In: Creative Writing In Education : NAWE Autumn Conference, 12 - 14 November 2010, Barceló Cheltenham Park Hotel, Gloucester.

Collection of personal narrative poems

Etter, C (2006) Collection of personal narrative poems.

Collection of 5 prose poems

Etter, C (2006) Collection of 5 prose poems.

Collection of poems

Etter, C (2005) Collection of poems.

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