Caroline Harper New

Writer. Artist. Anthropologist.

New is the author of A History of Half-Birds (Milkweed Editions, 2024) winner of the Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry. Her creative work is rooted in the precarious landscape of the Gulf Coast, where she reckons with love’s potential for violence in the human, animal, and natural worlds.

New holds an M.F.A. in Poetry and is currently a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Her research examines collective narrative-making, ecological imagination, place attachment, and poetics. Her interdisciplinary projects have included visual ethnography, translations, and eco-collaborations with musicians and filmmakers.

She has enjoyed teaching through the University of Michigan, Dzanc Press, Gilliam Writers Group, and others. See teaching and editing services here.