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Carla Kirchner, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. in Creative Writing, Bath Spa University (Bath, United Kingdom)
    • Dissertation: "Once Upon the Civil War: Monsters, Magic, and Making an American Fairy Tale"
  • 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

  • “What Doves Talk About When They Talk About Love” and “A Corpuscular Theory of Light,” Expansive Poetry Online, Summer 2019
  •  “Dragging the Lethe River,” 3Elements Review, January 2019, nominated for Best Small Fictions 2019 and Best of the Net 2019
  • “The Book of Signs,” Riddled with Arrows 2.3, November 2018, nominated for 2019 Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net 2019
  • “Answers to All the Important Questions,” Scarlet Leaf Review, September 2017
  • “The Shape of Air,” Gravel Literary Magazine, Summer 2017
  • “Heads, Hands, and Hearts,” Cave Region Review, Vol. 9, 2017
  • “The Lion on Canal Street Line,” Literary Orphans Issue 29, May 2017
  •  “Let Down Your Hair,” Unbroken Journal Issue 13, April 2017, nominated for Best of the Net Anthology 2017

Selected Presentations

  • “The Witch and the Wizard: Writing Ozark Characters in Contemporary Fiction,” conference paper for Ozarks Studies Symposium, September 2018
  • “Breaking the Line: Form and Function in Poetry,” lecture for the Ozarks Association of Christian Writers, April 2018
  • “A ‘whole ‘nother side of life’: Setting as Character in Daniel Woodrell’s Ozarks Novels,” conference paper for Ozarks Studies Symposium, September 2017
  • "Can This Poem Be Saved?: The Art of Amputation, Liposuction, and Other Revisions," workshop for Lucidity Poetry Retreat, April 2017
  • “Finding Your Story’s Heart: Writing Poetic Prose,” lecture for Springfield Writer’s Guild, May 2017

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