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Carrie Olivia Adams

Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago where she is the co-founder and poetry editor for the indie press Black Ocean and the Promotions and Marketing Communications Director for the University of Chicago Press. She is the author of five full-length poetry collections, The Book of Marys and Glaciers (forthcoming from Tupelo); Be the thing of memory (Tolsun Books  2021); Operating Theater (Noctuary Press 2015); Forty-One Jane Doe's (book and companion DVD, Ahsahta 2013); and Intervening Absence (Ahsahta 2009) in addition to the chapbooks  "Proficiency Badges" (Meeking Press 2020); "Grapple" (above/ground press 2017); "Overture in the Key of F" (above/ground press 2013); and "A Useless Window" (Black Ocean 2007).  She is the curator of the Poetry & Biscuits house reading series, and when she's not making poetry, she's likely making biscuits.

Her recent work, including pieces made while the Artist-in-Residence at the International Museum of Surgical Science, draws on found text and antique source material to tell the quiet stories of overlooked women.  She also often collaborates with dancers, choreographers, and musicians to create works that expand beyond the static page.

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