Discipline: Literature – poetry

Kerry Carnahan

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2013

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.



Kerry Carnahan worked in the Star studio.

Funded by Alpha Chi Omega, a national fraternity founded in 1885, Star Studio — built in 1911–1912 — was the first studio given to the residency by an outside organization. To this day, Alpha Chi sorority pledges learn the story of Star Studio and its role in supporting American arts and letters. Beginning as a nicely proportioned…

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