Carolyn Oliver is a writer, poet, editor, and reader. She is the author of Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble (forthcoming in 2022 from University of Utah Press), selected by Matthew Olzmann for the Agha Shahid Ali Prize.

Her writing has appeared in Plume, Cincinnati ReviewFIELDIndiana ReviewThe Massachusetts Review, Cherry Tree, The Fiddlehead, Copper NickelMichigan Quarterly ReviewThrushBoothThe South Carolina ReviewTin House Online, SmokeLong Quarterly, 32 Poems, Southern Indiana Review, America, Beloit Poetry JournalTahoma Literary Review, and Beyond Earth’s Edge: The Poetry of Spaceflight (University of Arizona Press, 2020), among other journals and anthologies.

Her first chapbook, Mirror Factory, is forthcoming from Bone & Ink Press.

Carolyn’s writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net in both fiction and poetry. She is the winner of the Laurence Goldstein Poetry Prize from Michigan Quarterly Review, selected by Linda Gregerson; the Louisville Literary Arts/The Louisville Review Writer’s Block Prize in Poetry, selected by Maggie Smith; New England Poetry Club’s E.E. Cummings Award, selected by C. Prudence Arceneaux; and The Worcester Review‘s Frank O’Hara Prize, selected by Rachel McKibbens.

She is the incoming editor-in-chief of The Worcester Review.

A graduate of The Ohio State University (BA) and Boston University (MA), she also works with a wide range of clients on writing and editing projects.

Carolyn lives in Massachusetts with her family.

Find her on Twitter and Instagram: @CarolynROliver


SmokeLong Quarterly: With Brenna Womer on “Nail Polish”

Milk Candy Review: With Cathy Ulrich on “The Patron Saint of Fury”

FlashBack Fiction: With Ingrid Jendrzejewski on “Infanta”

The Worcester Review: With Alex Pietrick on editing