Carrie Olivia Adams lives in Chicago with her husband and two cats. She is the Promotions and Marketing Communications Director for the University of Chicago Press and the co-founder and poetry editor for the indie press Black Ocean. She is the author of four full-length poetry collections, To be the thing of memory (forthcoming from Tolsun Books in 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" (forthcoming from Meekling Press in Fall 2019); "Grapple" (above/ground press 2017); "Overture in the Key of F" (above/ground press 2013); and "A Useless Window" (Black Ocean 2006). When she's not making poetry, she's usually 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.