Caroline Hagood is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Fordham University and a Creative Writing Instructor at Fordham and Barnard. Her first book of poems, Lunatic Speaks, came out in 2012 and her second poetry book, Making Maxine’s Baby, a Small Press Distribution bestseller, came out in 2015 from Hanging Loose Press. Ways of Looking at a Woman, a book-length essay that interweaves memoir with film and literary history to ask, what’s a “woman,” “mother,” and “writer”?, also an SPD bestseller, came out from Hanging Loose in 2019. Mary-Louise Parker called the book, “a profoundly unique and honest piece of work, somehow executed with an astonishing lack of ego” and Emma Straub has said of it, “I’ll shelve it next to Maggie Nelson, on the shelf marked Necessary.” She’s represented by Kate McKean at the Howard Morhaim Literary Agency. She’s currently working on a nonfiction book and a graphic novel.
Caroline was profiled in a Huffington Post article as one of "today’s fiercest women poets.” Joan Larkin wrote that her metaphors in Making Maxine's Baby "unfold with a desperado's inventiveness," Publishers Weekly described the book as "a brave and innovative poetic exploration of the grotesque yet mystical universe," and Vice Magazine praised it as a “postmodern Inferno” that explores “the use of ultra-violence in art.”
Her writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Hanging Loose, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, Salon, and the Economist. She is a Kenyon Review Staff Blogger and an Associate Editor at Hanging Loose Press. With Matthew Daddona and Matt Petronzio, she curates the Kill Genre Reading Series for Folio Literary Management, which showcases groundbreaking works that push the boundaries of form and flirt dangerously with hybridity.
She has taught creative writing, English, film studies, and composition at Fordham. 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."