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Erin Carlyle

    Poet | Educator | Cat Enthusiast 


Full-Length Poetry Collections:

Magnolia Canopy Otherworld
Driftwood Press, 2020
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"Magnolia Canopy Otherworld explores the places that hold the muddied and forested histories of women. Sensory and sensual, Erin Carlyle's poems portray an elemental girlhood, and the fragility and publicness of a body, even in the woods. These poems are full of dangerous baptisms, teeth and hooks, gothic flora and their attendant ghosts. Carlyle's style is lush and lovely, but always tugging with its dark undertow until we feel our own animal selves rise out at the end, gasping and human again."


-Traci Brimhall

Author of Our Lady of the Ruins

"In this haunting and visceral collection, Carlyle guides us on an imaginative and transformative journey through Southern girlhood in which girls are ghosts, girls are animals, girls are daughters and lost friends, girls struggle to be more than just bodies. A riveting, smart, and unforgettable debut."


-Rebecca Morgan Frank

Author of Oh You Robot Saints!


You Spit Hills and My Body, Dancing Girl Press, 2015


Erin Carlyle is a poet whose roots are in the American South. Her poetry often explores the connections between poverty, place, and girlhood, and can be found in journals such as New South, Tupelo Quarterly, Bateau Press, and Prairie Schooner. 

Her debut full-length collection, Magnolia Canopy Otherworld, won the annual Driftwood Press Poetry Manuscript Contest and was published in December of 2020. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Creative Writing at Georgia State University



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