Professor, Creative Writing and Literary Arts
MFA, Goddard College; BFA, Emmanuel College, Boston
Although a native of Lynn, Massachusetts, McCarriston holds dual Ireland/USA citizenship. She has taught at Vermont College, Goddard College, and George Washington University and has been a Poetry Fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. McCarriston received the AWP Award Series Selection, 1991 Terrence Des Pres Prize, and was the 1991 National Book Award finalist.
"These unflinching poems of violence and violation and loss earn McCarriston the right to such a claim. It's a survivor, as scrupulous in their language and art as they are in their quest to register honestly the familial unspoken, a life inside a life." -Stephen Dunn
| ||Little River|
McCarriston mobilizes feeling, thinking, and narrating simultaneously to create works of music, insight, and passion. With characteristic honesty and energy, she draws from the lives of fellow human beings and from those of animals too--the telling moments, metaphors, and myths of family life, social structures, and gender. Her recent experiences in Alaska come to represent an emigration just as urgent as the previous generation's from Ireland.
| ||Immortal Sins|
| ||Talking Soft Dutch|
| ||The Face of Poetry|
This vibrant anthology showcases unforgettable poems and photographic portraits of leading writers in the United States. From Aleida Rodriguez to Ishmael Reed to Maxine Hong Kingston to Johns Ashbery, the poets gathered here represent a cross section of poetic styles, geographic regions, and ethnic identities.