Emily Carr is a poet & her redeeming qualities include:

a) is a math prodigy

b) has a cat named Dirt

c) was a Tri-Delt & a member of Marching Mizzou

d) is a lifelong vegetarian who was raised on a cattle ranch & makes perfect bacon

e) bats left, throws right

f) has a passion for unnecessary snow hiking & miniature cokes

g) may or may not be a true redhead

h) prefers food served in tiny dishes                       

i) believes loose change is a trace of angels in the world

j) doesn't believe in sunscreen

k) makes chicken salad with fungal protein & sweet pickles

l) talks like a valley girl from Missouri & might be Southern

m) is a love poet who writes divorce poems          

n) is considering getting a pet rat to scare away the suitors

o) commutes on a sherbert & turquoise beach cruiser  with white Christmas lights

p) has a foldup bike & a miniature trampoline 

q) has a divorce tattoo

r) writes murder mysteries that accidentally turn into poems                               

s) orders of the kids menu whenever possible        

t) loves Daphne du Maurier & Agatha Christie      

u) watches Invader Zim & Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends

v) was followed home twice by a dog named Natalie  Portman

w) moved to L.A. for five days in 2012

x) learned to drive stick shift in Majorca

y) aspires to be a science fiction love poet

z) is using glitter to see into space more clearly

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Emily Carr “writes murder mysteries that turn into love poems that are sometimes (by her McSweeney’s editors, for example) called divorce poems.” After she got an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, she took a doctorate in ecopoetics at the University of Calgary. These days, she’s the program director of the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing at Oregon State University-Cascades. 

Her third collection of poetry book, Whosoever Has Let a Minotaur Enter Them, Or a Sonnet—, is available from McSweeney's. It inspired a beer of the same name, now available at the Ale Apothecary.

Her first collection of fiction, Name Your Bird Without A Gun: a Tarot novella, is forthcoming from Spork in 2019.

Last year, Emily created Dr. Carr's Word Forage, a poetry board game designed to celebrate the joy of the art, the playful nature of the poetic mind and the surprise of language gone strange and big and full of unexpected association. This year, she's poet-in-residence at a local magnet school, Amity Creek, and working with fourth graders to create a children's version. To book Dr. Carr's Word Forage for your classroom, fundraiser, artwalk or other event, email ifshedrawsadoor@gmail.com.

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