poet. educator. activist.

Caroline Harvey believes in poetry and performance as a powerful path for overcoming adversity and affecting real social change.

retro1Passionate about telling stories of creative survival, Caroline tours internationally as spoken word poet and teacher. When not touring, she lives in Boston where she teaches academic writing, traditional poetic form, Slam Poetry Performance, & Wellness for the Professional Artist at Berklee College of Music. Caroline is a regular contributor to The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA. She is also a licensed  somatic therapist, a meditation teacher, vegan, lifelong yogini & unapologetic tattoo endorser.

Most recently, Caroline was awarded The Steelgrass Residency and facilitated writing & voice workshops for the remaining descendants of Ni i’hau (“The Forbidden Island” of Hawaii) on Kauai at Ke Kula Ni i-hau. And in 2011 she was commissioned by the US Embassy in Serbia to perform original work & lead workshops about free speech for the first generation of youth to grow up post-Milosevic.

Find Caroline’s poetry and narrative nonfiction published in national and academic literary journals, including Gertrude Press, Radius, The Legendary, the Cantab Poetry Anthology, the National Poetry Slam Anthology “High Desert Voices,” and The Lowestoft Chronicle. She was nominated for the 2013 Best Poets Award and a 2012 Pushcart Prize. Caroline was featured on Season Five of HBO’s Def Poetry, and there is a chapter devoted to her life and work in Camille Colatosti’s book, “To Be An Artist: Musicians, Visual Artists, Writers, and Dancers Speak.” Many of Caroline’s original workshops & curriculum can be found online.

Caroline has shared stages with Alicia Keys, Livingston Taylor, Melissa Ferrick, Donna De Lory, and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), and her writing is published alongside Gillian Welch, Mike Reid, and Pat Pattison, among others.  She is dedicated to healthy living, conscious evolution, and intelligent rebellion. All of Caroline’s work explores ideas of the sacred and the profane, and tracks her belief that every moment is an extraordinary opportunity for healing, beauty, and acceptance.

Caroline draws as much from Henry Rollins as she does from Shakespeareshe is as equally identified with punk rock & a history of recovery and rebellion as she is with Buddhism & contemporary neurobiology. The work she makes reflects this unique merging of the sacred & the scholarly with the irreverent & profane.


[website main theme picture by Melissa Mahoney. makeup by Dani Wagener.]

5 thoughts on “poet. educator. activist.

  1. “first, begin with the wreckage. then write as if no one will ever read your poem. then get simpler, get uglier, and apologize less.”

    What a great description of the writing process

  2. KUDOS! KUDOS! KUDOS! You make all of us PROUD — It is a Joy and a Pleasure to have you in the Berklee community.

  3. You can certainly see your expertise within the article you write.
    The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to
    say how they believe. All the time go after
    your heart.

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