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Carla Barger

PhD Candidate

Teaching Assistant (Instructor of Record)

Program for Writers


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1831 UH


601 S Morgan St.

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Carla Barger is an ecolyric poet and essayist who hails from the farmlands of southwest Ohio. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and attended the PhD program at SUNY Binghamton. She’s currently ABD at the University of Illinois Chicago where she also teaches. Her work has appeared in decomP magazinEGreen Hills Literary LanternThe Light EkphrasticMidAmerica and elsewhere. She received the 2019 David Diamond Writing Prize from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature and the Malcolm Sedam Writing Award for Poetry from Miami University, and was nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project Award.

Carla’s creative work explores place and landscape, liminality, family dynamics and transgenerational trauma, and our degradation of nature and each other. She also researches and writes about film rhetoric, all things spectral, and Emily Bronte’s canonical novel, Wuthering Heights. Carla has a keen interest in environmental and public humanities and uses digital tools to create interdisciplinary public-facing projects that marry lyric poetry and research in various fields. She also sometimes collaborates with visual artists, scholars, and other writers on various types of projects.

Carla is a former editor and academic administrator. To learn more about her career background, visit