Photo credit: Gabriella Marks, 2016

Carol Moldaw

b. 1956

Current City, State, Country

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Oakland, California, USA


Carol Moldaw is an American poet and author. Her seventh book of poetry, Go Figure, will be published by Four Way Books in 2024. Her other books of poetry are Beauty Refracted; So Late, So Soon; The Lightning Field, which won the FIELD Poetry Prize; Through the Window; Chalkmarks on Stone; and Taken from the River. She is also the author of the novel The Widening.

Moldaw is the recipient of several literary distinctions including a Merwin Conservancy Artists Residency, an NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship. Her poems have been published widely, appearing in AGNI, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Parnassus, The Threepenny Review, and many other well-known journals and magazines.

Moldaw’s poems have been published in a number of anthologies, including Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry and Under 35: A New Generation of American Poets, and her work has been translated into Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. A respected reviewer and essayist, Moldaw’s prose has appeared in a number of journals, including Partisan Review, The Antioch Review and FIELD.

A teacher of creative writing, Moldaw has taught at Naropa University, the College of Santa Fe and at Stonecoast, the University of Southern Maine’s low-residency MFA program. She has been a recurrent Visiting Writer at the Vermont Studio Center and served as the Louis D. Rubin, Jr., Writer-in-Residence at Hollins University. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Published Works

Go Figure
(Forthcoming; Four Way Books, 2024)
Beauty Refracted (Four Way Books, 2018)
So Late, So Soon: New and Selected Poems
(Etruscan Press, 2010)
The Lightning Field (Oberlin College Press, 2003)
Through the Window (La Alameda Press, 2001)
Chalkmarks on Stone (La Alameda Press, 1998)
Taken from the River (Alex Books, 1993)

The Widening (Etruscan Press, 2008)

Author Site

Links to Sample Works

Video Reading

Current Title

Private Teaching/Self-employed


Harvard College (undergraduate, BA)
Boston University (graduate school in Creative Writing, MA)

Languages of Publication(s) and Poets Translated

Russian (with crib from the Russian): Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva, Akhmatova

Subject Matter