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Carla Harryman

Professor of Creative Writing, Co-Curator, Bath House Reading Series

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Interests and Expertise

Carla Harryman is a poet, essayist, novelist and playwright. She has published fourteen single-authored works, including W—M— (Split/Level, 2014), Adorno's Noise (Essay Press, 2008), Open Box (Belladonna, 2007), Baby (2005), and Gardener of Stars (2001) and has received numerous grants and awards including from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Opera America, the American Embassy in Romania, and the Fund for Poetry. A frequent collaborator, she is co-contributor to the multi-authored experiment in autobiography The Grand Piano, a project that focuses on the emergence of Language Writing, art, politics, and culture of the San Francisco Bay Area between 1975-1980. The Wide Road, a multi-genre collaboration with poet Lyn Hejinian was released in 2011 from Belladonna Press. Forthcoming in 2011 on the Rastascan label is a music and text collaboration with the Jon Raskin Quartet. Her poets’ theater and interdisciplinary performance works have been performed nationally and internationally, while her writing has been translated into a number of European languages. Two creative essays from Adorno’s Noise have recently appeared in French in the journal Nioques (Marseilles, 2009). In May 2001, she performed her work Mirror Play in a Czech and English in Prague. Her work is widely anthologized including in The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater, Great American Prose Poems, The Norton Anthology of Postmodern Poetry, Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative and in international collections such as La Lengua Radical, Action Poétique: Etats-Unis Nouveaux Poètique and Out of Everywhere: linguistically innovative poetry by women in North America and the UK. 

Her critical writing focuses on contemporary innovative writing by women and the politics and poetics of Poets Theater and performance writing. Articles include “Something Nation: Radical Spaces of Performance in Linton Kwesi Johnson and cris cheek,”(Diasporic Avant-gardes, Palgrave Macmillian, 2009), “Residues or Revolutions of the Language of Acker and Artaud” (Devouring Institutions, San Diego State University, 2004), and “The Nadja and Nanette of Gail Scott’s Main Brides (Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally, Wesleyan, 2003). She is co-editor of Lust for Life 2006), a volume of essays on the novelist Kathy Acker and special issue editor of Non/Narrative (2011) for the Journal of Narrative Theory. She has been visiting writer at The University of California, San Diego and Ohio University and has served on the faculties of Wayne State University and The Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College. She moved from the Bay Area to Detroit in 1995.


CRTW 522 Performance Writing
CRTW 522 Poetics of Prose
CRTW 422 Narrative Environments
CRTW 422 Experimental Prose
CRTW 426 Contemporary/New Forms
CRTW 422 The Long Poem and Serial Works

Recent Publications and Presentations