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Carla Barger

PhD Program

Teaching Assistant, Co-Director for the Digital Humanities Initiative

Program for Writers


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855 UH


601 S Morgan St.

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Carla Barger is a poet, lyric essayist, and digital humanist 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 teaches undergrads and co-directs the Digital Humanities Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has appeared in decomP magazinEGreen Hills Literary LanternThe Light Ekphrastic, MidAmerica, and elsewhere. She has 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 has been nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Project Award.

Carla’s creative work explores place and landscape, liminality, family and class dynamics, and our degradation of nature and each other. She sometimes collaborates with visual artists, scholars, and other writers on various types of projects. She also researches and writes about ecopoetics, film theory and criticism, Marxism, ghostlore, and Emily Bronte’s canonical novel, Wuthering Heights. Carla uses digital tools to facilitate an interdisciplinary approach to writing that marries poetics and research in various fields.