Saturday, February 10, 2007

brief bio

A native of Staten Island, Carrie Olivia (Ferguson) Adams works in publishing in Chicago. She earned a BA in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia and an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College.

She is a contributing editor to Hunger Mountain, and the poetry editor for Black Ocean, an independent press based out of Boston, New York, and Chicago.

She has published reviews in The Georgia Review, Quarterly West, and Verse. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Backwards City Review, Cranky, DIAGRAM, and Lilies and Cannonballs. In addition, she has published one chapbook, "A Useless Window," and her first full-length collection, Intervening Absence, is forthcoming from Ahsahta Press.

Friday, February 9, 2007

Review of A Useless Window

"Adams is most distinctive when she assumes the perspective of silence itself. The words comprising her little fragments are surrounded by white space in the same way a person is surrounded by silence stretching as far as the nearest noise. Silence, interminable, implies the order of things as they stand." --John Deming, ColdFront

For Full Text of Review:

Recent Readings

Friday, 6 April 2007 / 7:30-8:30

Cyto Gallery

Carrie Olivia Adams reads against a backdrop of paintings by Mike Brazil, "30, 48-Howl."

1932 South Halsted, Suite 405

Chicago, Illinois 60608

Contact: Scott O’Brien, Director.

773.405.0693 •


Thursday, 19 APR 07 7:00
Black Ocean & Octopus Reading
Carrie Olivia Adams, Zachary Schomburg (reading from his new Black Ocean book, The Man Suit), Mathias Svalina, and Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Quimby's Bookstore
1854 W. North Ave.
Chicago IL 60622


Available from Black Ocean

A Useless Window
8.5” x 5.25”. 40 pgs. Saddle-Stitched
by Carrie Olivia Adams
Price: $8.95

This series of poems by our very own Poetry Editor in Chicago embodies the title perfectly as it explores the paradox of form and function in life and language. Quiet without being subdued, intelligent without being obtuse, and deeply affecting without resorting to melodrama, this book carries itself into the reader with arresting honesty and simplicity that is at once harsh and elegant..

To Purchase:

St. Mark's Bookshop (31 Third Avenue / New York, NY 10003)

The Book Cellar (4736 N Lincoln Ave / Chicago, IL 60625)

Bowery Poetry Club ( 308 Bowery / New York, NY 10012)