Carrie Addington's poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, American Literary Review, The Collagist, Mount Hope Magazine, Gargoyle, Waxwing, and others. She is the recipient of the Virginia Downs Poetry Award, the American Literary Review Poetry Award, and a Pushcart nominee.
She is completing her first full-length poetry collection, Chamber Made, and currently working on a collection of essays and her second poetry manuscript titled, The Contrast Effect.
At the age of 23, Carrie was diagnosed with a heart condition that required an emergency implant of a pacemaker to regulate the heart’s internal clock. Two weeks later, still on medication and bandaged, she walked down the aisle to embark on what would later be called her first marriage. The timing of these two moments was inextricably linked. During the years of this new beginning, and many years after, the poems that comprise Chamber Made were hatched from a negotiation of time and heartbreak.
She received a Master of Fine Arts, Poetry degree from George Mason University. She currently resides in Northern Virginia where she works as a Facilitator for the Association for Talent Development and is an Associate Professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College. She is a co-founder of #MTGcollective and serves on the board of the American Poetry Museum in Washington DC.
"I have a slight obsession with hearts. Not the candy-coated, Hallmark card, commoditized version of the heart but the intricacy of the anatomical heart, and its triumphs and failures." ~ Carrie