Caroline M. Mar

Caroline Mei-Lin Mar is a high school health educator and poet. A San Francisco local, Carrie is doing her best to keep her gentrifying hometown queer and creative. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College, an alumna of VONA, and a member of Rabble Collective. Her writing appears or is forthcoming in Cimarron Review, New England Review, CALYX, and Anomaly, among others. She has been granted residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Ragdale, and is a member of the board of Friends of Writers. Her first manuscript, Special Education, has been a finalist for several book prizes, including The National Poetry Series.

Photo by: Sandy Metiver

Photo by: Sandy Metiver



“水客” and “Mercy,” CALYX (forthcoming)

“Cold Shock” cycle: six poems, Anomaly 28 (April 2019)

When You Someday Read This—,” Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight (April 2018)

Interview and four poems (“Ghost Language,” “Tongue,” “Fenway, Boston Red Sox vs. Cleveland Indians, Kosuke Fukudome,” and “Passing”), Connotation Press: An Online Artifact (March 2018)

The Fix-up Strategies: Ask Questions,” Tinderbox Poetry Journal Vol. 4 Issue 6 (January 2019)

Chinese Girl” and “Uniform,” Storyscape 19 (January 2018)

“Special Education: Auditory Processing Deficit” and “Because about 66% of students receiving special education services are boys, and in our school’s self-contained SpEd classrooms that number increases to about 99%,” Cimarron Review Issues 199/200/201 (Spring/Summer/Fall 2017): 291-292 (print only) 

After the Pulse Orlando Shooting, My Wife Asks if We Can Eat at Chick-Fil-A,” New England Review Vol. 38 No. 3 (2017): 42

“Body” and “Death of the Immigrant Language,” Nimrod Vol. 59 No. 2 (Spring/Summer 2016): 102-106 (print only)

Three Poems (“The Ray,” “The Bear,” and “Post-racial Ghazal,”), Four Way Review (April 2016)

The Bees,” Evening Will Come 59 on The Volta (November 2015) 

Views,” Shadowgraph 2 (July 2014): 90-93

Ritual,” The Collagist 56 (March 2014)

Blazer,” As/Us 3 (2014): 62

“How I Got Them,” RiverLit 5, 2.1 (2012): 24-25 (print only) 

Emotional Disturbance,” RiverLit Blog (2012)



Interview and four poems, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact (March 2018) 

A Review of Mai Der Vang's Afterland,” Gulf Coast (March 2018) 

“A Body Can Revise: A Review of Elizabeth Lyons’s The Blessing of Dark Water,” Gulf Coast Vol. 29 Iss. 2 (Summer/Fall 2017): 305-308. (print only) 

Interview on major-minor, a platform for queer and trans people of color to be seen, heard, and celebrated.

Guest on “The Mixed Experience” podcast by Heidi Durrow, Season 2 Episode 26: “Mixed and Irish.