The Weather in Normal

Carrie Etter is known for beautifully expressive and formally inventive verse. The Weather in Normal, her fourth collection, explores the changes to her hometown of Normal, Illinois following her parents’ deaths, the sale of the family home, and the effects of climate change on Illinois’ landscape and lives.

Carrie Etter of Bath, England

Carrie Etter lived her first nineteen years in Normal, Illinois, before taking a one-way train to Los Angeles. While living in southern California, she founded and edited Out Loud: The Monthly of Los Angeles Area Poetry Events and pursued her BA in English at UCLA and MFA in creative writing and MA and PhD in English at the University of California, Irvine. She moved to England in 2001 and began teaching in 2004 at Bath Spa University, where she is a Reader in Creative Writing. She has published three previous collections of poems: The Tethers (Seren, 2009), winner of the London New Poetry Prize for the best first collection published in the UK and Ireland in the preceding year; Divining for Starters (Shearsman, 2011); and Imagined Sons (Seren, 2014), shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry by The Poetry Society. She also edited Infinite Difference: Other Poetries by UK Women Poets (Shearsman, 2010) and Linda Lamus’s posthumous collection, A Crater the Size of Calcutta (Mulfran, 2015).

Marketing & Publicity
  • Carrie Etter is a highly recognized poet, thokugh mostly in the UK, where she has been living the last 14 years. Highly active on social media, she will be a vigorous agent in promoting her book, including interviews, postcards and appearances.
  • She will be reading in Normal, IL - "setting" of this book - in October. She will be available for readings in the US in the spring.
  • The author is extrememly active in social media and has a good following in the US poetry community - withstanding the fact she's been living in England the past 14 years. She is highly acknowledged in the UK and has won numerous prizes. She interested and available to read in the spring nd will be attnding the AWP conference in Portland in late March 2019.
  • In late April-early May 2019, readings in NY/Brooklyn, Boston/Cambridge, Washington D.C., and Charlotte, NC and Providence.