Carla and Betty DogCarla Barger lives an art-committed life and takes the question “How shall I live?” very seriously. She holds an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a graduate student in the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her work has appeared in several literary journals, photography books, art gallery catalogs, and elsewhere.

Carla’s creative writing takes several forms–including essays–but poetry is her main vocation.  Often lyrical, sometimes gothic, her creative writing explores place, self-awareness, family and class dynamics, and the divided self. She also writes ekphrasis and sometimes collaborates with visual artists and other writers on various types of projects. Her critical work mostly discusses the rhetoric and intertextuality of literature, film, and television.

Carla also freelance writes and edits for clients through her small business, BookIvy Word Studio. She has worked with several literary, academic, and nonprofit clients. In her previous life, she was an administrator at Harvard University, Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago. To learn more about Carla’s career background, go here.

Carla grew up riding horses in vast open fields and has never quite gotten used to living in cities, which makes her wonder regularly why she continues to do so. She currently lives in Oak Park, IL, with her talented art director/set designer wife and immortal 16-year-old dog.