Carla Drysdale is a Canadian poet who lives in France just over the border from Geneva, where she works as an editor, writer and communications consultant for the United Nations and international organizations. She lives with her husband and two sons.
She provides communications, social media and advocacy strategies, content and coaching in line with the sustainability agenda. Clients include African Development Bank, International Trade Center, Partnerships and Development at the ILO, and other UN agencies. Contracts include editing World Economic Situation and Prospects at Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA); digital products to raise visibility for ILO's Evaluation Department; policy briefs for ILO Green Jobs and as trainer for Learnlight, coached ILO and WIPO delegates in writing persuasive, jargon-free web content. She also served as editor and features writer for LUXOS magazine and was a multimedia journalist and news editor for WRS/Swiss Broadcasting Corp.
Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Paris Press, Cleaver Magazine, PRISM, The Same, LIT, The Literary Review of Canada, Canadian Literature, The Fiddlehead, Global City Review, Literary Mama and in the anthology Entering the Real World: VCCA Poets on Mt. San Angelo. In May, 2014 she was awarded PRISM's annual Earle Birney poetry prize for her poem, "Inheritance." She was nominated by Zoetic Press in 2015 for Bettering American Poetry recognition. Her poem, “New Year's Eve” was set to music by American Pulitzer-prize winning composer David Del Tredici.
Her first full-length collection of poems, Little Venus, was published by Toronto’s Tightrope Books in 2009, and her chapbook, Inheritance, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016. She is working on a novel, The Sky Over Beaumaris, set in 1910 northern Wales.