Henry Carlile

About Henry Carlile

Henry Carlile

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Poet Henry Carlile was born in San Francisco and grew up in California and Washington State. He is a lifelong outdoorsman and conservationist whose poems reflect the natural world. His latest book, Oregon, was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2013.

Carlile earned an M.A. with emphasis in creative writing from the University of Washington, where he studied with Theodore Roethke, Henry Reed, Elizabeth Bishop and David Wagoner. He taught creative writing and American literature at Portland State University and was a visiting lecturer in the Iowa Writers Workshop.

Carlile has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, the New Yorker, Shenandoah and many other publications. He lives with his wife and family in Portland, Oregon.

Read poems by Henry Carlile in the Poetry Foundation archive.

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Oregon (2013)

Oregon (2013)

Rain (1994)


Running Lights (1981)

Running Lights

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Henry Carlile’s work has appeared in many anthologies, including Bright Wings, edited by Billy Collins and illustrated by David Allan Sibley, and New Poets of the American West, edited by Lowell Jaeger.


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