Carolyn Wing Greenlee

Carolyn Wing Greenlee first discovered poetry as a child looking through her mother’s library. The love affair with carefully crafted words has never ceased, though her own skills increased as she majored in comparative literature with a specialty in poetry at Occidental College and in creative writing with an emphasis on poetry in grad school at UC Davis. She has taught poetry in schools, been a guest teacher and reader at schools, universities, literary festivals, and literary gatherings, taught and read as a featured poet several times at conferences of Women Writing the West, and was a member of the group Poetrio, with Lake County poets laureate Jim Lyle and James BlueWolf. She has written 18 books and edited more than 30, bringing to print unusual subjects such as her mother’s life growing up inside a Chinese laundry and her own experience of blindness and guide dog school. She is currently completing her last book. After 38 years of writing, she’s planning to rework and bring to performance the musical she co-authored with Dan Worley, and work on a new album of her original songs. After the grueling labor of writing a book, it will be kind of a vacation.

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