Carrie Jerrell

Assistant Professor of English
Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing

Not all Pianos in the Woods

Had power to mangle me –
               – Emily Dickinson

Carrie Jerrell


Ph.D., English (Creative Writing, Poetry) 

Texas Tech University 


M.A., The Writing Seminars (Poetry)

Johns Hopkins University 


B.S., Secondary English Education

University of Evansville




After the Revival. Waywiser Press, 2009.

Four Weddings and a Mirror. Big Game Books.


Highlighted Publications

"Love Poem for My Sister," in Unsplendid. Includes audio recording.

Poems and Interview at From the Fishouse: An Audio Archive of Emerging Poets

Sample poems for Measure: A Review of Formal Poetry

Poem and Interview at How a Poem Happens

Areas of Specialization 

Creative Writing: Poetry


Literary Editing

Modern and Contemporary American



Modern and Contemporary Poetry


Associate Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing

Coordinator, Undergraduate Creative Writing Programs


Courses Taught 

ENG 105 Critical Reading, Writing, and Inquiry

ENG 214 Introduction to Creative Writing

ENG 312 American Literature, 1890-Present

ENG 342 Introduction to Poetry Writing

ENG 343 Special Topics in Creative Writing

ENG 380 Introduction to Poetry and Poetics

ENG 416 Writer's Workshop: Poetry

ENG 488 Notations Internship

ENG 561 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

ENG 614 Topics in English Studies: Modern & Contemporary Long Lyric Poetry

ENG 633 American Literature Since 1920

ENG 635 20th Century American Poetry

ENG 638 Studies in Southern Literature

ENG 688 Graduate Poetry Workshop

HUM 211 The Western Tradition




Awards and Distinctions 

Winner, Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, 2009

Finalist, Brittingham & Pollak Poetry Prize, 2009

Finalist, Philip Levine Poetry Prize, 2009


Professional Memberships and Affiliations 

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA)



Dr. Carrie Jerrell

7B-4 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341



In the Media

Read a review of Dr. Jerrell's award-winning book of poems, After the Revival.