Carol Potter was born and raised in northwestern Connecticut. She received her B.A. in English/Journalism and her M.F.A. in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She currently teaches at Holyoke Community College and lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with her two daughters. Carol is the author of Before We Were Born (Alice James Books,1990) and Upside Down in the Dark (Alice James Books, 1995). Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, American Poetry Review, Massachusetts Review, Sojourner, Field, and others. Her work has also been anthologized in the Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry, and in the 1986 Annual Survey of American Poetry. She was the recipient of The Tom AcAfee Discovery Award from The Missouri Review in 1985 and the 1990 New Letters Award for Poetry.