Carrie Jerrell

Assistant Professor of English
Coordinator, Creative Writing Program

Assistant to the Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts


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

Courses Taught

Areas of Specialization

Creative Writing: Poetry & Nonfiction


Literary Editing

Modern and Contemporary American



Modern and Contemporary American Poetry

Awards and Distinctions

Winner, Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, 2009

Finalist, Brittingham & Pollak Poetry Prize, 2009

Finalist, Philip Levine Poetry Prize, 2009

Leadership and Service

Assistant to the Dean, College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Coordinator, Creative Writing Program

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)

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

In the Media

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


Dr. Carrie Jerrell

7B-12 Faculty Hall

Murray State University

Murray KY 42071-3341