about caroline harvey: poet, educator, activist.

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

retro1Caroline Harvey is a poet, performer, educator, somatic therapist, vegan, social activist, meditation teacher, lifelong yogini & unapologetic tattoo endorser. Dedicated to healthy living, conscious evolution, and intelligent dissent, Caroline performs and teaches internationally. 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 also a regular contributor to The Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA and she maintains a small international private practice of wellness coaching for touring musicians.

Most recently, Caroline 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 featured at the US Embassy in Serbia where she performed original work & led 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.  All of her 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.

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2 thoughts on “about caroline harvey: 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

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