C. S. Carrier, Ph.D.


Instructor of English

Year Joined Franklin


Educational Background

  • PhD, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015
  • MFA, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005
  • BA, Western Carolina University, 1998


I am a poet. I specialize in everything poetry, with particular interests in lyric poetry, ecopoetry, sound poetry, visual poetry, digital poetry. Poetry about place and the necropastoral, poetry with home and darkness in it. I also specialize in electronic literature—literary work that requires digital technology/processes at every stage of its existence, from creation to reception to preservation. Also, 20th/21st century American literature, particularly the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Mountain School.


I am the author of two full-length collections, Mantle and After Dayton, and several chapbooks, including Ozarks and /anode a/node an/ode. Individual poems are forthcoming or have appeared in numerous literary journals including The Indianapolis Review, Whale Road Review, The Hunger, Four Way Review, Quarterly West, Blue Earth Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Fence, Dusie, Horse Less Review, American Letters & Commentary, Verse, and Pleiades. I have presented at several conferences including the Popular Culture Association Conference, South Central Modern Language Association Conference, New Orleans Poetry Festival, and &Now: A Festival of New Writing. My poem, “The Natural State,” won the Omnidawn Broadside Contest and was published by Littoral Press as a limited run broadside in 2018.

About Me

I relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana from Clarksville, Arizona in August 2021 with my spouse, Dawn Holder, a visual artist. We have a dog, Merwin (named for the poet W.S. Merwin), and three cats, Butternut, Possum, and Benny. I am a baker of sourdough bread and a brewer of beer. I am a drummer, having spent much of my high school and college years in marching band. Until recently, I played with the Arkansas-based band Thisness, whose music exists at the intersection of grunge, post-punk, neo-psychedelia, and southern gothic.