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Rogue Agent Journal

Willa Carroll talks about embodied poetry and writing Nerve Chorus.

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Words on a Wire:

Tim Z. Hernandez talks with poet Willa Carroll about her new book, NERVE CHORUS.

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Excerpt from review of Nerve Chorus in The Common


This is one of the bravest collections of poetry I’ve come across, and its themes connecting back to power and the body make it an important read for our time.

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Excerpt from review of Nerve Chorus in The Common


With personal subject matter and elegant, yet accessible, philosophical explorations, Carroll succeeds in maintaining a strong tonal unity and distinct lyricism. Like experimental dance, these poems invite a visceral experience. Meanwhile, they should be admired for their lyrical flexibility, the exactness of their imagery, their life-affirming quality, as well as their intellectual engagement.


Excerpt from review of Narrative Magazine in The Review Review

Willa Carroll, a poet and winner of Narrative's Third Annual Poetry Contest, and being a nominee for the 2011 Pushcart Prize, offers this and other insights in a beautiful poem titled "No Final Curtain":

THE SPOTLIGHT is a mean sun,
burns your paper doll,
your Icarus trick.
Your jumps are numbered.
Better to be a bird
without altitude.


Unmasking Nerves

A Review of NERVE CHORUS by Willa Carroll
Review by Maximilian Heinegg

Poems that are "hyper-alert, picking up pleasure, pain, and the spectrum between."

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Contemporary Poetry Too will function as an ongoing inquiry into the poet as artist. It will take place July 10th at the Andrew Edlin Gallery, from 6 to 8, with a reception afterward featuring special guest DJs S&M (Shannon Michael Cane & Matt Conners).

Participating poets for Contemporary Poetry Too include Alan Longino, Alina Gregorian, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Bianca Stone, Emily Skillings, Greg Purcell, Ishmael Klein, Jameson Fitzpatrick, Jess Arndt, Juliana Huxtable, not_I (Ana Božiĉević & Sophia Le Fraga), Paul Legault, Simone Kearny, Stephen Boyer, Willa Carroll, Sampson Starkweather, and Zachary Pace.

The Contemporary Poetry Series is curated by Sam Gordon, in collaboration with BOMB and NADA.

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reviewed by Laura DiNovis Berry at poets.media:

"Carroll's work is award winning, and it is no surprise. Reading through the work, there is no question of Carroll's skill as a poet in this collection."


Radio Interview - Flour City Yawp, hosted by Albert Abonado

“Willa Carroll talks about her debut collection Nerve Chorus. We talk about her Rochester roots, the crafting of this collection, and more!” - Albert Abonado