Carlin, Patricia

Carlin, Patricia

Patricia Carlin
PhD, Princeton University
Associate Professor of Writing and Literature, Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students

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Areas of Expertise:

poetry, Shakespeare

For her teachings on poetry writing, Shakespearean studies, and poetry and poetics, Patricia Carlin has received the Distinguished University Teaching Award. Her book publications include Original Green, a poetry collection; Quantum Jitters, another poetry collection; and Shakespeare’s Mortal Men, a study of Shakespeare’s plays in their cultural context. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Verse, Boulevard, Pleiades, BOMB, American Letters & Commentary, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. She co-edits the poetry journal Barrow Street and is a co-founder of Barrow Street Books. Recent awards include fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and two Pushcart Prize nominations. She received her PhD from Princeton University, where she focused on Shakespeare studies, and poetry and poetics.
Courses Taught:

Literature Courses:

  • How Poems Work (emphasizes formal matters in poems from the Middle Ages to the present)
  • American Poetry Now (maps the contemporary terrain)
  • Dickinson, Yeats, and Auden: An Approach to Poetry (through study of three poets, develops understanding of issues in poetry)
  • Shakespeare, History, and Poetry: New World Directions
  • Making Poems: An Advanced Workshop
  • Advanced Workshop: Experiments in Poetry

New School M.F.A. graduate seminars:

  • Experiments in Form: The Sonnet
  • Poetry Seminar: New Directions
  • Seminar: Experiments in Poetry


Recent Publications:
Quantum Jitters. New York: Marsh Hawk Press, 2009.

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