As an artist, I search for intimacy in the thorns of the rural South. Based in the lowlands of Georgia and Louisiana, my work reckons with both the beauty and the rotten teeth of this culture. I use poetry and paint to document our shifting climate and to question our need to keep shoveling at an earth washing away. Much of my writing is characterized by themes of motherhood as an ancestral force and a bearer of culture and culpability.

This creative work is informed by an academic background in anthropology, in which I’ve focused on maternal issues, collective memory, generational trauma. My research has explored how history in northern Madagascar has been passed down, omitted, and altered by embodiment, and how this impacts current ethnic relations. In 2017, I earned my B.A. in Anthropology from Davidson College, NC with a minor in International Studies.

In 2020, I returned from teaching English with the Peace Corps in Madagascar, where I focused on encouraging young writers through poetry workshops and contests. I am now pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where I serve as a Poetry & Non-Fiction Reader for the Michigan Quarterly Review.

email: carolinenew94@gmail.com

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