About Carol


Poet, Spoken Word Artist, Caver, Human

Carol Krause is a poet whose naturally psychoactive mind often disrupts her plans. Sometimes this results in joy. She has been a friend and peer supporter of people who experienced alternative realities and psychosis and is grateful for all those who have sat with her in the darkness. She has supported people with disabilities to share their gifts and voices and has spoken about her own experience with disability and mental divergence. In her twenties, her interest in disability advocacy inspired her to go to law school. Though it has been a source of grief, now her task is to practice the art of receiving care. While she often struggles to navigate the ordinary, her sensitive mind comes in handy when writing poetry. Carol’s poetry invites readers into hidden places that may be more familiar than they first seem. A lover of the underworld, Carol feels most alive crawling through caves. Though she is relatively new to caving, caves have ignited something in her that feels very old. She lives in Tkaronto (Toronto) with her formerly feral ginger cat, Rudie.

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Carol’s poetry has appeared in PRISM internationalThe FiddleheadMinola Review, Augur and Arc Poetry, among other publications. Her poem “This Poem is a Story About What Goes On in My Brain” was nominated for Best of the Net. And her poem “Inside, Outside” was nominated for Best New Poets and Best of the Net, and appears in Best Small Fictions. She facilitated and edited the anthology Between Myself and Them: Stories of Disability and Difference (2005). Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming with Guernica Editions. She is also seeking a home for her poetry collection, Tending the Wasteland.

Carol hosts virtual Poetry Cavern Gatherings, which you can find about here: Events

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Her exposed heart a safety hazard the world needs.

“Inside, Outside,” Minola Review