Karen McCarthy Woolf

United Kingdom


Born in London to English and Jamaican parents, Karen McCarthy Woolf holds a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Prize and an AHRC doctoral scholarship at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she is exploring ecological poetry, the city and loss. Her collection An Aviary of Small Birds (Carcanet, 2014) commemorates a baby son who died in childbirth and is a Forward Prize Best First Collection nomination. The title poem has been translated into Spanish and was dropped by helicopter over the Houses of Parliament by the Chilean collective Casagrande. Karen has a longstanding interest in cross-arts practice: she has collaborated with artists, filmmakers, musicians and choreographers, presented her work as installation and performed in the UK, US and Europe. The editor of three anthologies, most recently Ten: The New Wave (Bloodaxe, 2014), she is currently resident at the National Maritime Museum, where she is responding to an exhibition on international migration.

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