Carolyne Wright

Carolyne Wright has published nine books of poetry, four volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a collection of essays. Her latest book is Mania Klepto: the Book of Eulene (Turning Point, 2011), featuring the postmodern alter-ego, Eulene. Previous books include A Change of Maps (Lost Horse Press), nominated for the LA Times Book Awards and winner of the IPPY Bronze Award; and Seasons of Mangoes & Brainfire (Carnegie Mellon U Press/EWU Books), which won the Blue Lynx Prize and the American Book Award.


An essay of Wright's, "Girl Under the Karam-Tree: The Poetry of Anuradha Mahapatra," appeared in TriQuarterly 81, 1991 (print), along with seven translations of this Kolkata-based Bengali woman poet's work.  This essay was reprinted as the introduction to Another Spring, Darkness: Selected Poems of Anuradha Mahapatra (Calyx Books, 1996), about which Adrienne Rich wrote, "across culture and language we are encountering a great world poet."  Other translations from the Bengali, of Bangladeshi poet and writer Taslima Nasrin, also appeared in TriQuarterly.

A poem of Wright's appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009 and the Pushcart Prize XXXIV: Best of the Small Presses (2010). Wright is a Contributing Editor for the Pushcart Prizes; and a Senior Editor for Lost Horse Press, for which she is co-editing an anthology of poems on women and work, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace. In 2005 she returned to her native Seattle, where she is on the faculty of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts' Whidbey Writers Workshop MFA Program.