Caroline Harper New
Caroline Harper New is a poet and visual artist from Bainbridge, Georgia. Her work searches for intimacy in the thorns of southern Georgia and Louisiana, often reckoning with natural climate change, motherhood, and ancestry.
Her creative work is informed by an academic background in anthropology grounded in maternal issues, collective memory, and generational trauma. New’s ethnographic research has explored how history in northern Madagascar has been passed down, omitted, and altered by embodiment, and how this impacts current ethnic relations. New recently spearheaded the creation of Tantely Tapa-Bata, a collection of poems by high school and university students in Madagascar, and was an international guest poet at the 2019 Madagaslam convention in Antananarivo.
New earned her B.A. in Anthropology from Davidson College, NC with a minor in International Studies. She is now an MFA candidate in Poetry at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she is a poetry and non-fiction reader for the Michigan Quarterly Review. Her poetry has appeared in The Racket, Louisiana’s Best Emerging Writers, North Carolina’s Best Emerging Poets, Libertas, Hobart Park, and she has self-published two chapbooks, sweetened & steeped and lightning makes the clay red.