Carla Kirchner, M.F.A.


  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Spalding University
    • Thesis:'Four Twinkling Fish in the Lake of the Sky: Selections from a Novel'
  • M.A. in Writing, Composition and Rhetoric, Missouri State University
    • Thesis: 'Black Snakes and Lone Pines: Reflections and Personal Essays'
  • B.A. in English, Southwest Baptist University

Selected Publications

  • The Physics of Love, poetry chapbook, forthcoming from Concrete Wolf Press in Fall 2017
  • 'The Flood Near Comfort, TX,' Eunoia Review 2 March 2017
  • 'The Frog Prince,' Foliate Oak Literary Magazine April 2017
  • 'Let Down Your Hair,' Unbroken Journal Issue 13
  • 'The Lion on Canal Street Line,' Literary Orphans Issue 29
  • 'Tidal Volume,' Rappahannock Review Issue 4.1

Selected Presentations

  • "Can This Poem Be Saved?: The Art of Amputation, Liposuction, and Other Revisions," workshop for Lucidity Poetry Retreat, April 2017
  • "'Hope is a thing with feathers': Using Conceits to Give Your Poem Wings,' guest lecture for the Missouri State Poetry Society's annual meeting, September 2012
  • 'A Werewolf in a Strange City: Why Fiction Writers Need Poetry,' craft lecture at Spalding University, November 2009

Related Experience

  • Director, Southwest Baptist University Writing Center
  • Judge, Missouri State Poetry Society poetry contests, 2007, 2015-2017
  • Judge, Poets Roundtable of Arkansas poetry contests, 2016
  • Judge, Arkansas State Poetry Society poetry contests, 2015

Professional Organizations

  • Author Unknown
  • Missouri State Poetry Society

Honors and Awards

  • The Physics of Love, winner of the Concrete Wolf Press 2016 Poetry Chapbook Contest

Church/Community Service

  • Attends National Heights Baptist Church, Springfield
  • Staff Sergeant, 135th Army Band, Missouri National Guard