About me ::

I am a poet, fiction writer, and creative writing instructor. I also like to take photographs and play the ukulele. I grew up in Michigan, where I swam in the lakes and nursed my peculiarities. I received a BA with an emphasis in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. My new book, The River Won't Hold You, won the Ohio State University Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize, and will be published in late 2014. My first book, Crocus, won the Poets Out Loud Prize. I am the author of three poetry chapbooks: Flood Letters, Almanac for the Sleepless, and Swan. Recent poems have appeared in CrazyhorseFIELD, The Gettysburg Review, West Branch, Mid-American Review, and elsewhere. I'm currently occupied as a poetry writing instructor at Middlebury College. I've also taught at Interlochen Arts Academy and the New England Young Writers' Conference. I live in Middlebury, Vermont.

My books ::

The River Won't Hold You (OSU Press, forthcoming)
Crocus (Fordham University Press, 2007)

Chapbooks ::

Swan (Argos Books, 2014)
Almanac for the Sleepless (Dancing Girl Press, 2012)
Flood Letters (Argos Books, 2011)

Some poems I've written ::

The Ashes (at the Poetry Foundation website)
The Consolation of Philosophy (at The Gettysburg Review)
Earthquake (at Memorious)
Faith (at Memorious)
Ghost Story (at La Petite Zine)
Lesson (at Crazyhorse)
Love Poem with Ebb Tide (at the Augury Books blog)
Mending (at Devil's Lake)
More Lies (at the Poetry Foundation website)
Mud Nymph (at Devil's Lake)
Once (at Blackbird)
The Raspberry Room (at the Poetry Foundation website)
Second Sonnet to Celia (at Michigan Quarterly Review)
Soap (at Juked)
Travel (at The Collagist)
The Victorian Age (at the Augury Books blog)
The Wasted Years (at failbetter.com)

A story I wrote ::

Care and Feeding (at Drunken Boat)

Interviews with me ::

Kind things others have said about my writing ::

"The poems [in Crocus]...offer crisp language, language that speaks to new views, felt and therefore inherently worthy ways of reporting, all made forceful by strong and easy narrative guidance. The speaking of these poems throughout, even in their drama, is quiet, making everything that happens all  the more unsettling as these ideas reach into us." –Alberto Ríos 

“Gottshall's speakers are explainers of a kind, storytellers who describe lost worlds with details that are often fresh, precise, and perfect…[her] work creates an eerie universe in which dreams do carry messages, names have magical power, and the soul can slip free from the body at will.” –Lesley Wheeler for The Cortland Review

The human’s mysterious dual immersion in the world of things and the world of words is yet unsolved; however, Gottshall reminds us…to rejoice, and not sorrow, in the tentative.” –Julie Platt for Mid-American Review

Karin Gottshall's poems are compelling invitations to an interior landscape that feels relentlessly surprising. Her poems contain an attention to melancholy that's startling for its loveliness; here the darkness is tender if unsettling, and the observations feel vital and new. –Allison Titus

To reach me ::


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