Carol H. Eding was raised in Northern Virginia and Eastern Michigan, and has degrees from University of Michigan, CCNY, and Columbia College (MFA in Poetry, 2006). Her poems have appeared in Columbia Poetry Review, Court Green, Indiana Review, and MiPOesias online.
Probably it was a time in her youth in the cold outdoors, when she began to wonder at the meaning of the last stanza of “After Great Pain a Formal Feeling Comes,” that marks her baptism into poetry. Some favorite-of-all-time poems are “At the Fishhouses,” “The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm,” and any number of Dickinson poems. Dickinson is her poetic heroine. As is Kimiko Hahn. Other poets important to her are Ponge, Hejinian, Stein, Volkman, whose poems mostly abandon the ‘I.’ But her interest is ignited by divergent forms and styles, exposure to all manner of which comes with working on RHINO, and she is forever grateful for the opportunity. The other editors, all inspired by the brilliance of Editor Ralph Hamilton, are her friends and mentors, who generate warmth and humor, and from whose erudition and talents she continually gains insight and wisdom. They are her current “school.”