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. She lives with her husband and two boys.

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.


She received an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College in 1999 and has been awarded residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and La Porte Peinte in Noyers-Sur-Serein, France.

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Writing is my lifelong quest towards wholeness and connection with the natural world and with others.