In My Memory, My Housefire, Carrie George provides a blueprint for combating, and at times overthrowing, various forces that attempt to confine us. Through inventive formal experiments, and imagery so vivid it feels like it rises directly from our own dreams, this poetry collection illuminates the body (and the house as body) with bravery to question both the known and the unknown. —Mary Biddinger
Carrie George is a poet, teacher, and bookseller living in Akron, OH. She is the Mapping Akron coordinator at the Wick Poetry Center and a bookshop associate at Elizabeth’s Bookshop. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee, and her work has appeared in Peach Mag, Cosmonauts Avenue, The Indianapolis Review, and elsewhere. https://carriegeorge.blog
The defining experiences of the MFA program have been those with the friends I made here. It’s difficult to be a writer alone. Having community and support makes the obstacles of writing more manageable, and the joys of writing more joyous.
When Joy Harjo came to Kent’s campus, I had the task of taking her to and from her green room before the reading. When I came to lead her to the auditorium, I couldn’t find her in the Alumni Suite, which we used as the green room. I nervously called her name a few times, and wandered around the room, until I heard a faint sound of water running. I walked toward the sound, until I found a door. There happened to be a restroom in the suite I didn’t know about, and when she walked out, I was standing right in front of her. She jumped, scared. I nervously apologized and sighed, relieved I had not in fact lost the U.S. poet laureate.
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