Kerry Carnahan is an environmentalist, teacher, and is a 2020-2021 dissertation fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute, where she is completing a translation of the Song of Songs with commentary. Her doctoral work specializes in poetry and poetics, focusing on dynamics of gender, sexuality, race, class, and empire. She also studies religion and the Hebrew Bible. While in residence at MacDowell, Kerry wrote toward a first poetry collection titled Who Intimately Live. Poems from this manuscript have appeared in Boston Review, december magazine, the Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day feature, and were awarded runner-up in the 2017 92Y ‘Discovery’/Boston Review poetry competition. She also began writing literary criticism during her MacDowell residency. Her most recent essay, a long-form review of poet Nathalie Handal's Life in a Country Album, was published in WARSCAPES in 2019.