Caroline Hagood’s first book, Lunatic Speaks, came out in 2012 and her novel in poems, Making Maxine’s Baby, a small press bestseller, came out in May 2015 from Hanging Loose Press. Her lyric essay book, Ways of Looking at a Woman, will come out from Hanging Loose Press in 2019. Mary-Louise Parker has listed Hagood as one of her favorite writers. Joan Larkin wrote that her metaphors in Making Maxine's Baby "unfold with a desperado's inventiveness," and Publishers Weekly described the book as "a brave and innovative poetic exploration of the grotesque yet mystical universe."
Her poetry and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Hanging Loose, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Salon, and the Economist. She is a Kenyon Review Staff Blogger and Book Reviewer and a poetry reader for Barrow Street. She co-hosts the Kill Genre Reading Series, which showcases groundbreaking works that push the boundaries of form and flirt dangerously with hybridity.
She teaches creative writing and English at Barnard College and Fordham University. She has also taught creative writing workshops at Girls Education and Mentoring Services designed to help young women who have been sexually trafficked tell their stories and poetry workshops for Poets Out Loud’s High School Outreach Program for students from underserved communities in partnership with Girls Write Now.
She received her English PhD from Fordham. While at Fordham, she wrote a dissertation called Women Who Like to Watch on female poets writing on, and thereby "re-filming," the work of male filmmakers. She served as the Graduate Editor of Fordham’s multimedia literary magazine CURA and as the Graduate Assistant for the distinguished Poets Out Loud reading and book series. She founded the Fordham Film Group to provide a venue where Fordham graduate students and faculty could engage the growing importance of film, digital, and new media studies in the academy. She is also a member of the National Arts Club Film and Literary Committees.
She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children and spends a lot of her time watching bad movies and calling it “research."