Carol Ann Guess

Department of English MS 9055

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA 98225



M.F.A. Creative Writing--Indiana University, 1994

M.A. English--Indiana University, 1993

B.A. English -- Columbia University, 1990


Professor, English, Western Washington University, September 1998--present

Faculty, Creative Writing, Goddard College, Summer 2006- Fall 2006

Assistant Professor, English, Nebraska Wesleyan University, August 1997--May 1998

Adjunct Faculty, Communication Skills Department, Columbus State Community College, September 1996--March 1997

Associate Instructor, Women’s Studies, Indiana University, Spring 1995, Spring 1996

Associate Instructor, Department of English, Indiana University, Fall 1991--Fall 1995


2014 Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement, Philolexian Society of Columbia University



 True Ash, co-written with Elizabeth J. Colen, Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2018 (short stories).

Instructions for Staging, co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Broadstone Books, 2017 (hybrid).

 Human-Ghost Hybrid Project, co-written with Daniela Olszewska, Black Lawrence Press, 2017 (poetry).

The Reckless Remainder, co-written with Kelly Magee, Noctuary Press, 2017 (poetry).

 Your Sick, co-written with Elizabeth J. Colen and Kelly Magee, Jellyfish Highway Press, 2016 (short stories).

 With Animal, co-written with Kelly Magee, Black Lawrence Press, 2015 (short stories).

How To Feel Confident With Your Special Talents, co-written with Daniela Olszewska, Black Lawrence Press, 2014 (poetry).

X Marks The Dress: A Registry, co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Gold Wake Press, 2013 (poetry).

F IN, Noctuary Press, 2013 (hybrid).

Index of Placebo Effects, Matter Press, 2012 (flash fiction).

Doll Studies: Forensics, Black Lawrence Press, 2012 (poetry).

Darling Endangered, Brooklyn Arts Press, 2011 (flash fiction).

My Father In Water, Shearsman Books, 2011 (creative nonfiction).

Homeschooling, PS Publishing, 2010 (novel).

                        •Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award

Love Is A Map I Must Not Set On Fire, VRZHU Press, 2009 (poetry).

Tinderbox Lawn, Rose Metal Press, November 2008 (poetry).

                       •Winner of the Rose Metal Press Prose Poetry Award

Femme’s Dictionary,  Calyx Books,  October 2004 (poetry)

                       •Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award

Gaslight, Odd Girls Press, November 2001 (creative nonfiction)

                       •Finalist for a Lambda Literary Award

Switch, Calyx Books, June 1998 (novel)

                        •Finalist for the American Library Association’s Gay/Lesbian Fiction Award

Seeing Dell, Cleis Press, March 1996  (novel).


History of My Locked Wrist, co-written with Kristina Marie Darling and Kelly Magee, Dancing Girl Press, 2015 (poetry).

Doll Studies, Dancing Girl Press, 2010 (poetry).


"The Incident," The Coachella Review, forthcoming. 


“First a decision, not a feeling,” Tampa Review, forthcoming.

“Star Anise,” Fiolet & Wing, An Anthology of Domestic Fabulism, forthcoming. 

“How to Replace Worry With Trust,” Foundry, 2017.

“Ten Perspectives on a Smoking Gun,” great weather for MEDIA, 2017.  

"Beware Pet Odors," co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Birdfeast, Issue 13, 2017.

”Endolyne Ave.,” Flash Flash Click, May 24, 2016. 

”50thAnniversary of a Man-Made Lake,” co-written with Elizabeth J. Colen, Not Just Another Pretty Face, 2016. 

"The Buyer's Wish is Your Command,” “Create A Dramatic Entry,” “Know When to Close the Deal,” co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Corium Magazine, Spring 2016.

”Backstory,” “We Licked Stamps,” “Same Old Same O,” “Not Like Other Girls,” Handsome, 2015.

”Entice People To Explore The Whole House,” “Use Extra Rooms Wisely,” co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Banango Street, Issue 5, 2013.

“Love Padlock,” “Sleeper Cell,” co-written with Kristina Marie Darling and Kelly Magee, Stone Highway Review, Issue 3.1, September 2013.

“Hide Your Porn With Plastic Plants; or Hide Your Plastic Plants With Porn,” “Hide Your Valuables When Showing To Strangers; or Show Your Valuables To Strangers,” “Mood Lighting Sets The Mood For Buying,” “Never Underestimate The Importance Of Social Graces,” co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Connotation Press, Issue 1, Volume 5: September 2013.

”Show How You Can Use Awkward Areas,” “Bloodstains Should Be Removed Or Contained,” “Be A Smooth Talker, But Also A Good Listener,” co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Dressing Room Poetry Journal, Issue Five, August 2013.

“Flowers Pressed In A Book,” co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Shelf Unbound, August/September 2013.

"Early Floral," "Olympic National," "Pink Priss Pot Weighs In," Gone Lawn#11, Summer 2013. 

"Create a Gender-Neutral Master Bedroom," co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Anti-, Issue #12, 2013. 

"Big Pharma," "Echoic Memory," Conduit, 2013.

"3-Tiered Steamer," "Pierced Tablespoons," co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Barn Owl Review, 2013.

"Silk Flowers, Trussed," co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Requited, Issue 8, 2013. 

"Wedding Favor: Coin Purse," "Water Goblets," "Personalized Luggage Tag," "Wedding Favor: Votive Candle," "Six Must-Have Separates For Spring," co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Mudlark, Flash No. 74, 2013.

"Health Insurance," "His-and-Hers," co-written with Kristina Marie Darling, Rufous City Review,Issue 9, 2012.

“How to Calculate the Value of Scrap Gold,” “How to Apply for Unemployment in Texas,” co-written with Daniela Olszewska, Consequence, Volume 4, Issue 1, Spring 2012.

“Fallen Medicine,” Black Lawrence Press blog, April 2, 2012.

“The Tilted Knot,” A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, 2012.

“Scryer’s Bridge,”, Poem-A-Day, December 22, 2011.

“How to Avoid Leaving DNA at a Scene or How to Descend a Staircase Gracefully,” “How to Draw an Accurate Mental Map of the World,” “How to Ride an Icelandic Horse,” “How to Be Friends With a Lesbian,” co-written with Daniela Olszewska, The Jet Fuel Review, Issue 2, Fall 2011.

"How to Do the Cha Cha," "How to Cheat at Poker," "How to Climb a Ladder Safely," co-written with Daniela Olszewska, Diode, Vol. 5, No. 1, Fall 2011.

“How to Politely Decline an Invitation to an Airport Lounge or How to Meet New People Without Being Creepy,” co-written with Daniela Olszewska, Revolution House, Volume 1.3, December 2011.

“How to Convince a Shy Person to Be Your Valentine,” “How to Earn a Legitimate Living Working from Home,” “How to Donate Your Body to Science,” co-written with Daniela Olszewska, South Dakota Review, 2011?.

“Minus Elephant, Minus Bear,” “Littleton, Now Bethlehem,” “When Dolls Love Dolls,” “Carpenters Dream of Folding Doors,” Sawbuck, Issue 5.2, 2011. 

“How to Take Action When You Lose Sight of Your Child at an Amusement Park,” “How to Avoid Drama with Your Best Friend,” “How to Make a Meal of One Color,” “How to Stop Being in Love With a Person You’ll Never Meet,” co-written with Daniela Olszewska, Richard Hugo House blog, April 2011.

“Recital, King Of Prussia, PA,” Ninth Letter, Vol. 7, No. 2., Fall/Winter 2010-2011.

“Icicle Flats,” “allergy, to flowers,” Barn Owl Review, 2010.

“Upturned Cistern, Plastic Fawn,” Delirious Hem, December 22, 2010.

“hospital window, view through,” “me too drug development,” “nocebo effects,” Tarpaulin Sky’s Chronic Content, 2010.

“Detritus of the Longest Night,” “Avalanche in a Teacup,” “Residence Life,” “Self-Portrait,” “Moncks Corner,” Kissed By Venus: The Venus Salon,Volume 1, No. 1, October 2010.

“Detachable Sainthood,” Noo Journal, Issue 12, 2010.

“Suburbiana,” “Scare Quotes, With Crow,” Bone Bouquet, Issue 2, 2010.

“Primer,” “The Belltown Angel (reprint),” The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry, 2010.

“94 St. Martin’s Lane,” “Midnight In The Costume Shop,” Silk Road Review, Volume 5, Issue 1.

“Longing Of The Bullet For The Log In Which It’s Lodged,” “Box Factory,” “Tribe Of The Uneasy,” Arch Literary Journal, Issue 3, 2010. 

“Nostalgia,” Barn Owl Review,Issue 3, 2010.

“Hover,” “Outlaw Station,” Konundrum Engine Literary Review,2010.

“Fremont Bascule,” “Coyotes, Motor Oil, Chiffon,” “Flutter Wingspan,” “Intro.,” “The Listener,” No Tell Motel, 2010.

“The Art Of The Placebo,” Packingtown Review, Volume 2, 2010.

“Revival of Rosemaling,” Sou’wester Magazine, Volume 38, No. 1, Fall 2009.

“Blue Flu,” “Darling Endangered,” Little Red Leaves, Number 4, 2009.

“Inamorata,” “Troubleton,” Sixth Finch, Fall 2009.

“Silk Thread And A Theme Song,” “Unicorn As My Familiar,” Anti-, Featured Poet #33, October 2009.

“Hearth,” “Maritime Heritage,” West Wind Review,2009.

“Saltbox,” “Three On A Match,” in the chapbook Hill Poems, Jacob Brooke Press, 2009.

“Daysleeper,” “Again, Ghost Horses,” “All-Star American,” The Queen City Review, Fall 2009, Vol. 2, No. 1.

“Grayland,” “Flora,” “Neither Ghost Nor Visitor,” “My Imaginary Bianca,” No Contest, September 9, 2009.

“Dahlia,” “Was it Love,” “White Rock,” OCHO#22, 2009.

“Hem,” Eating Her Wedding Dress, Ragged Sky Press, 2009.

“Funeral Plus Aviation,” “Househabit,” Filter,Issue 2, 2008.

Three poems (untitled), Knockout,Volume 1, Issue 1, Spring 2008.

Five poems (untitled), Poemeleon,Volume II, Issue 2, Winter 2007.

“Walk All Ways With Walk,” Hayden’s Ferry Review,Fall/Winter 2006-2007.

“The Belltown Angel,” “Shove,” “Dodge and Burn,”Bat City Review, 2006.

“Empty Girl Pink Sleeve,” Black Warrior Review, Spring/Summer 2006.

“First Fist,” Bloom, Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 2005.

“My Hands My Camera,” “Which One of You Is the Man?” Cranky, Issue 1, Winter 2004.

“Chihuly Rose,” The Gay and Lesbian Review, Jan-Feb 2004.

“Sunset Language,” The Gay and Lesbian Review, March-April 2003.

“Bless--,” The Gay and Lesbian Review, March-April 2002.

“Bonfire,” Natural Bridge, Spring 2001.

“Love Is a Map I Must Not Set on Fire,” The Gay and Lesbian Review, July-August 2001.

“Median,”CAIRN, Vol. 35, 2001.

“Top,” “Revivial,” Crab Orchard Review, Fall/Winter 2000.

“The Four Temperaments,” Sulphur River Literary Review, Fall 2000.

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” The Gay and Lesbian Review, Jan. 2000.

“Unnatural Passions,” The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review, Winter 1999.

“Wife Waking,” Blue Violin, July 1998.

“Kiosk,” Epicenter, 1998.

“Still Life With Lap Dog,” Bay Windows, 1998.

“That Woman,” Anything That Moves, Summer 1998.

“Writing Desire,” Red Cedar Review, Winter/Spring 1998.

“Public Sex,” “That Gift You Gave Me,” No Exit, Winter 1997.

“My Vocation,” Illya’s Honey, Fall 1997.

“Cotillion,” Gerbil, August 1997.

“Bad Sex,” The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review,Summer 1997.

“Last,” Interim, Spring/Summer 1997.

“The Limbo Queen,” “Elegy,” Mankato Poetry Review,May 1997.

“Femme’s Dictionary,” Icon, 1997.

“Answering Back,” Hiram Poetry Review, 1996.

“Watercolor,” Bakunin, 1996.

“Night Music,” Poetry Motel, 1996.

“The Driven,” “Five,” Poetry Northwest, Autumn 1994.

“Rounds: Neonatology,” JAMA, October 16, 1991.

“Ghosts,” Potato Eyes, Spring/Summer 1991.

“The Trees Speak a Foreign Language,” “A Kept Woman,”The Arts Journal, January 1991.

“Lolita Redux,” Birmingham Poetry Review, Fall/Winter 1990.

“The King Speaks,” “Things Can Be Fun,” The Arts Journal, September 1990. 


“Lost Girls,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, Salt Hill, forthcoming. 

“Girl in Doubt,” Fiction Southeast, forthcoming.

“Centerfold,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, Hotel Amerika, forthcoming. 

“Girl in Pictures,” “Girl in Refrigerator,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, Bennington Review, forthcoming.

“Girl in Drain,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, Winter Tangerine, forthcoming. 

“Girl in Medical Trials,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, Fiction International, forthcoming. 

“Girl in Atrophy,” “Girl in a Silent Room,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, The Normal School, 2018. 

“Girl in Your Car,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, The Laurel Review, 2018.

“Girl in Mansion,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, The Laurel Review, 2018. 

“Girl in Knots,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, Necessary Fiction, 2018. 

“Girl in Windows,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, Monkeybicycle, 2018. 

“Girl in Dog House,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, New Delta Review, 2017. 

“Girl in the Clock,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, Quarterly West, 2017. 

“Girl in Cloud,” co-written with Aimee Parkison, DIAGRAM, 2017. 

“Girl in Box,” Tupelo Quarterly, 2017. 

”Somehow Always Getting It Right,” co-written with Elizabeth J. Colen, Second Hand Stories Podcast, Episode 12, 2017.

”Cuttings,” Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, 2017. 

“A Woman With A Gun,” co-written with Elizabeth J. Colen, Sonora Review,2016.

”Relocation Program,” co-written with Elizabeth J. Colen, Real Pants, February 23, 2016. 

"To Keep You Close," co-written with Kelly Magee, Zymbol, Summer/Autumn 2016. 

”The Appeasement,” co-written with Elizabeth J. Colen, District Lit, 2015. 

”True Ash,” co-written with Elizabeth J. Colen, Hawaii Pacific Review, May 7, 2015.

”With Egg,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Bloom, Fall 2015.

”Ash,” The Mondegreen, Issue 2, 2015.

”Varda,” New South, Issue 8.1, 2015.

”With Sparrow,” co-written with Kelly Magee, New South, Issue 8.1, 2015.

"With Fish," co-written with Kelly Magee, Passages North, Issue 35.

”Damage Control,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Ilanot Review, Summer 2014. 

“With Hippo,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Storm Cellar, Issue 4.1, 2014.

“With Replica,” co-written with Kelly Magee, 3Elements Review, Issue 4, Summer 2014.

“With Squirrel,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Arcadia, 2014.

”With Killer Bees,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Gravel, 2014.

”With Me,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Communion, Issue 1, 2014. 

”With Spider,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Jersey Devil Press, 2014.

”Your Sick,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Anomalous Press,2014.

”Amnesiac Lung,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Whiskey Island, 2014. 

”Zero Fever,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Mason’s Road Literary Journal, 2014. 

“With Horse,” co-written with Kelly Magee, The Adirondack Review, 2014.

”Struck,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Glassworks Magazine, 2014.

”With Fox,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Indiana Review, 36.1, Summer 2014.

“With Locust,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Spittoon, 4.1, Spring 2014.

"With Sheep," co-written with Kelly Magee, Among Animals (Ashland Creek Press), 2014.

”With Snakes,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Front Porch Journal, 2013.

“With Cat,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Word Riot, 2013.

“With Flood,” “With Stone Lion,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Zero Ducats, 2013.

"The Storm Grower," co-written with Kelly Magee, Sugared Water, Issue #001, 2013. 

"With Jellyfish," co-written with Kelly Magee, Sundog Lit,Issue Four, November 2013.

"With Animal," co-written with Kelly Magee, Hayden's Ferry Review, Issue 53, Fall/Winter 2013. 

“With Raccoon,” co-written with Kelly Magee, Animal Literary Magazine, September 1, 2013.

"With Dragon," co-written with Kelly Magee, SmokeLong Quarterly, March 4, 2013.

"With Sloth," co-written with Kelly Magee, Heavy Feather Review,2013. 

"With Human," co-written with Kelly Magee, Juked, March 19, 2013. 

"Why Ballard Has No Trees," Sawmill, Issue 2, 2013.

“I Heart My Wife,” The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, April 7, 2011.

“Parting Agents,” Best Lesbian Love Stories 2005, Alyson Publications, 2005.

“Homeschooling,” Best Lesbian Love Stories 2004, Alyson Publications, 2004.

“Big Good Dumb Boy,”A Woman’s Touch, Alyson Publications, 2003.

“Love Story With Living Ghost,” FEMSPEC, 2003?

“Martin Bebartin,” Best Lesbian Love Stories 2003, Alyson Publications, 2003.

Chaos Festival(novella), Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2002.

“This City,” Gertrude, Spring/Summer 2002.

“Her Clear Voice Undid Me,”Love Shook My Heart (Vol. Two), Alyson Publications, 2001.

“Waltzing for Trouble,” Mobius, October 2001.

“Retrieval,”The Ghost of Carmen Miranda, Alyson Publications, 1998.

“Baby Parts,”Blackwater Review, 1998.

“Switch,” Love Shook My Heart, Alyson Publications, 1998.

“Frenzy,” Encodings, Fall 1996.


”Collaboration as a Form of Love,” Brevity (blog), January 12, 2017.

”How I Became A Detective,” Family Resemblance: An Anthology and Exploration of 8 Hybrid Literary Genres, Rose Metal Press, 2015.

“On Carnival Lights, Compression, and Mice,” The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction, 2012.

“Thoughts On Prose Blocks As Dance And Resistance,” The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry, 2010.

“Evelyn,” Brevity, Issue 34, Fall 2010.

“Nebraska,” Mid-American Review,Volume XXVIII, Number 2.

“Girl Of Yes, And An End To Highways,” Front Porch Journal,  Issue 4, October 2007. 

“My Father In Water,” Blue Mesa Review, Issue 19, Spring 2007.

“Aperture,” Jabberwock Review,Winter 2005.

“Red,”Fourth Genre, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall 2000. 

            •Reprinted in Five Years of Fourth Genre(2006) and Tell It Slant(2004).

“Silver,” “Blue,” “Glint,” “Rust,” Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly, Vol. 1, No. 4, 2000.


“Of Quarterbacks And Quarantine,” Queer Girls In Class, ed. Lori Horvitz, Peter Lang Publishing, 2011.

"Cut It Out!" Her Circle Ezine, The Craft of Writing, April 6, 2011.

“Inventing My Brother,” Flash Fiction,October 4, 2010.

“A Brief History of Broken Windows,” Flash Fiction,September 17, 2010.

“13 Ways of Looking at a Manuscript,” Flash Fiction, August 30, 2010.

“Reading And Teaching The Terrible Girls,” Fifty Gay And Lesbian Books Everybody Must Read, Alyson Books, 2009. 

“At the (Dirty) Movies: Screening Academic Feminism,” Harrington Lesbian Fiction Quarterly,Vol 4, No 4, 2003.

“Deconstructing Me: On Being (Out) in the Academy,” Third Wave Agenda: Gender, Feminism, Contradiction, eds. Jennifer Drake and Leslie Heywood, University of Minnesota Press, 1997.

“Que(e)rying Lesbian Identity,” The Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association, Spring 1995.


Eva Heisler. Interview with the author. Bellingham Review. Issue 67, Fall 2013. 

Kristina Marie Darling. Interview with the author. Bellingham Review, Issue 67, Fall 2013.

“and we/Are visible”: Shane McCrae’s Visionary Poetics,” 

Interview with Shane McCrae, Bellingham Review, Volume XXXIV, issue 63, Spring 2011.

“Suspect: On Heather Lewis’s The Second Suspect,” American Book Review, Vol. 31, No. 2, Jan/Feb 2010. 

Rebecca Brown, Interview with the author, Lambda Book Report,2008.

Rachel M. Simon, Theory of Orange, Lambda Book Report,2008.

Sarah Schulman, The Child, Lambda Book Report, 2008.

Sarah Schulman, Interview with the author, Lambda Book Report, 2008.

Michelle Tea,Rose of No Man’s Land, Lambda Book Report, Spring 2006.

Gwendolyn Bikis, Your Loving Arms, The Gay and Lesbian Review, May-June 2002.

Rebecca Brown,Excerpts From a Family Medical Dictionary, The Gay and Lesbian Review, May June 2002.

Sylvia Brownrigg, Pages for You, in Lambda Book Report, March 2001.

Sherrie A. Inness,Kitchen Culture in America, in Lambda Book Report, February 2001.

Brenda Feigen, Not One of the Boys, in Lambda Book Report,December 2000.

Alex Marcoux,Façacdes, in Lambda Book Report, November 2000.

Madelyn Arnold, Bird-Eyes, inLambda Book Report,  October 2000.

Leigh Gilmore, Autobiographics: A Feminist Theory of Women’s Self-Representation, in Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter, November 1994.

Robin Behn, The Red Hour, in Indiana Review, Fall 1994.

Bob Perelman, Virtual Reality, inIndiana Review, Fall 1993.

Donald Revell, Erasures, in Indiana Review, Spring 1993.

Susan Mitchell, Rapture, inIndiana Review, Fall 1992.


Reading. Village Books, Bellingham, WA, June 1, 2018.

Reading. Bellingham Technical College, Bellingham, WA, May 23, 2018.

Reading. Margin Shift, Seattle, WA, April 19, 2018.

Panel. “Beyond Genre: Writing, Editing, and Publishing Hybrid Forms in the Age of Fake News,” AWP Conference, Tampa, Florida, March 10, 2018.

Book Signing. Black Lawrence Books, AWP Conference, Tampa, Florida, March 9, 2018.

Reading. “Finishing Each Other’s Sentences,” Tampa, Florida, March 8, 2018.

Reading. Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA, February 2, 2018.

Reading. Great Weather for Media, Seattle, WA, 2017.

Reading. Nebraska Wesleyan University, November 14, 2017.

Workshop. Nebraska Wesleyan University, November 14, 2017.

Reading. Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA, September 20, 2017.

Workshop. “Lying and Truth-telling in Creative Nonfiction,” Antioch University, Seattle, WA, July 19, 2017.

Reading. Honoring Crysta Casey. Open Books, Seattle, WA, June 10, 2017.

Reading. Phinney Books, Seattle, WA, May 18, 2017.

Reading and panel discussion. Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA, March 10, 2017.

Reading. Margin Shift. Seattle, WA, January 14, 2017.

Reading. King’s Books. Tacoma, WA, January 12, 2017.

Reading/lecture. Museum of Northwest Art, WA, Nov. 5, 2016.

Reading. Open Books, Seattle, WA, Nov. 4, 2016.

Interview. “Would You Rather?” The Next Best Book Blog, February 15, 2016.

Reading. Village Books, January 22, 2016. 

Reading. Village Books, November 20, 2015. 

Book signing. Samish Island Arts Festival. July 25, 2015. 

Reading. Village Books, May 31, 2015.

Reading. Elliott Bay Book Company, May 30, 2015.

Film is Truth benefit, “Every Frame Tells a Story,” April 4, 2015, Bellingham, WA.

Judge, Indiana Review,1/2 K Prize (hybrid literature), 2014

Award Ceremony. Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement, Columbia University, New York City, April 26, 2014.

Reading. AWP, for Brooklyn Arts Press, Seattle, February 27, 2014.

Reading. AWP, for Noctuary Press, Seattle, February 27, 2014.

Workshop. Critical Animal Studies Group, University of Washington, Seattle, February 13, 2014.

Reading. Open Books. Seattle, WA, October 11, 2013.

Interview. Writer’s Digest. With Kristina Marie Darling. September 3, 2013.

Interview and imitations. Dressing Room Poetry Journal.With Kristina Marie Darling. Issue Five, August 2013.

Interview. The Storialist. "On Creativity: Kristina Marie Darling and Carol Guess." June 28,2013.

Interview. Les Femmes Folles. With Kristina Marie Darling. June 12, 2013.

Interview. We Are Homer. With Kristina Marie Darling. May 24, 2013.

Reading. AWP, for Brooklyn Arts Press, LIR Bar, Boston, 2013.

Reading. AWP, for Black Lawrence Press/Devil's Lake, Beacon Tavern, Boston, 2013.

Reading. AWP, for Queertopia, Club Cafe, Boston, 2013.

Panel. AWP, "Cross-Genre Crushes," 2013.

Guest lecture. Presentation on Doll Studies: Forensics.  Richard Hugo House, 2013.

Interview. Heavy Feather Review, with Kristina Marie Darling, Feb. 4, 2013.

Interview. Sawmill Magazine, Issue 2, 2013.

Reading. Elliott Bay Book Company. Seattle, WA, January 7, 2013.

Reading. An Evening of Ghostly Intimations at Alice Austen House. Staten Island, New York, October 27, 2012. 

Reading. Stain of Poetry. Brooklyn, New York, October 26, 2012.

Reading. Village Books. Bellingham, WA, October 7, 2012.

Reading. Elliott Bay Book Company. Seattle, WA, September 30, 2012.

Interview.Flash Fiction. July 9, 2012. 

Reading. Rosemont College, Rosemont, PA, April 27, 2012. 

Reading. Village Books. Bellingham, WA, April 25, 2012. 

Reading. Open Books. Seattle, WA, February 21, 2012. 

Interview. Seattle Star.February 21, 2012. 

Reading. Elliott Bay Book Company. Seattle, WA, January 10, 2012.

Reading. Queer Cross-Border Pollination Series. Vancouver Queer Arts Festival. Vancouver, BC, August 3, 2011.

Reading. Lambda Literary Award Finalists. Elliott Bay Book Company, May 8, 2011.

Guided community writing session (“Write Out”). Richard Hugo House, April 26, 2011.

Poet-in-residence (honorary), Richard Hugo House, April 2011.

Interview. The Rejectionist, February 16, 1011.

Interview. “Carol Guess Talks Music and Mystery,” Lambda Literary, November 2, 2010.

Reading. “Cross-Border Pollination Reading Series,” Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, B.C., October 13, 2010.

Reading. Powell’s, Portland, OR, May 23, 2010.

Reading. “Cheap Wine and Poetry Night,” Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA, April 22, 2010.

Reading and workshop. Pilot Books, Seattle, WA, March 13, 2010.

Reading. Looking Glass Books, Portland, OR, December 3, 2009.

Reading. “It’s About Time (series),” Ballard Branch, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA, November 12, 2009.

Reading. The Orange Alert Reading Series, The Whistler, Chicago, IL, June 28, 2009.

Presentation. “Humor and Poetry: A Salon with Brandi Homan and Kathleen Rooney,” Dancing Girl Press Studio, Chicago, IL, June 27, 2009.

Reading. Women & Children First Bookstore, Chicago, IL, June 26, 2009.

Reading. “Uneasy Heavens Await Those Fleeing.” Canoe Social Club, Seattle, WA, April 2, 2009.

Book signing. AWP, Chicago, Feb. 2009.

Reading. Elliott Bay Books, Seattle, WA, January 27, 2009.

Reading. Queer Poetry Night, Western Washington University, Fairhaven College, January 21, 2009.

Book Notes on Tinderbox Lawn. Largehearted Boy, January 14, 2009.

Reading. Rhizome, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 20, 2008.

Reading. Orca Books, Olympia, WA, November 14, 2008.

Reading. Village Books, Bellingham, WA, November 7, 2008.

Reading. Richard Hugo House, Filtermagazine, October 23, 2008.

Reading. WWU Creative Writing Faculty Showcase, WWU, Bellingham, WA, February 28, 2008.

Reading. Edmonds Community College, Edmonds, Washington, October 11, 2007.

Reading. Viking Union Art Gallery, WWU, Bellingham, WA, April 19, 2007. 

Workshop. “Creating Believable Characters.” Village Books, Bellingham, WA, March 28, 2007.

Reading. Jeopardy Magazine, WWU, Bellingham, WA, March 8, 2007.

Workshop. “The Art of Nonsense.” Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA, July 21, 2006.

Workshop. Master Class in Fiction. Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA, July 19, 2006.

Workshop. “My Lie Life!” Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA, July 17, 2006.

Reading. Goddard College, Port Townsend, WA, July 15, 2006.

Reading. Portland State University, Portland, OR, January 26, 2006.

Reading. Underground Coffeehouse, WWU, Bellingham, WA, November 10, 2006.

Reading. Butch/Femme Club of Oakland, CA, October 8, 2006.

Book signing. Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association, Portland, OR, September 8, 2006.

Book signing. Bumbershoot, Seattle, WA, September 3, 2006.

Reading. University of Washington Bookstore, Seattle, WA, July 7, 2006.

Reading. “Poets at the Port,” Anacortes, WA, August 7, 2005.

Workshop. “(Re)Writing Femininity,” Queering Femininity Conference, Seattle, WA, May 29, 2005.

Reading. Queering Femininity Conference, Seattle, WA, May 27, 2005.

Reading. Ravenna Third Place Books, Seattle, WA, April 22, 2005.

Reading. The Depot, Anacortes, WA. December 12, 2004.

Reading. In Other Words, Portland, OR. November 8, 2004.

Reading. Grass Roots, Corvallis, OR. November 7, 2005.

Reading. Mother Kali’s, Eugene, OR. November 6, 2004.

Reading. Village Books, Bellingham, WA. November 4, 2004.

Reading. Amazon Bookstore, Minneapolis, MN. October 29, 2004.

Interview. KUGS, Bellingham, WA. October 20, 2004.

Interview. KBOO, Portland, OR. October 18, 2004.

Book signing. Oakland, CA. October 2, 2004.

Reading. Medea/Media. Stuart’s Coffee Shop, Bellingham, WA, April 14, 2004.

Reading. Cranky. Cafe Septieme, Seattle, WA, January 2004.

Interview. Cranky. Issue 1, Winter 2004.

Reading. Bloomington, Indiana, April 11, 2003.

Reading. The Factory, Bellingham, WA, November 23, 2002.

Reading and writing workshops. Bowling Green State University, October 16 and 17, 2002.

Reading. Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA, September 7, 2002.

Reading. Newport Library, Newport, OR, June 23, 2002.

Reading. Common Grounds/Ava Gallery, Astoria, OR, June 22, 2002.

Reading. The Arts Depot, Anacortes, WA, June 11, 2002.

Reading. The Wild Rose, Seattle, WA, June 6, 2002.

Reading. Lucia Douglas Gallery, Bellingham, WA , March 12, 2002.

Reading. Village Books, Bellingham, WA, February 7, 2002.

Interview (feature). Lambda Book Report, November/December 2001.

Reading. Calyx Books--25th Anniversary. Village Books, Bellingham, WA, October 2001.

Panel. “Affliction Fiction.” Lambda Literary Festival, San Francisco, CA, October 2001.

Panel. “Queer Memoir.” Lambda Literary Festival, San Francisco, CA, October 2001.

Reading. Calyx Books--25th Anniversary. Broadway Books, Portland, OR, October 9, 2001.

Reading. Calyx Books--25th Anniversary. Elliott Bay Bookstore, Seattle, WA, Sept. 15, 2001.

Workshop. Queer Poetry for P-FLAG’s Queer Youth Project. Bellingham, WA, May 23, 2001.

Interview. Indiana University GLBT Alumni Association Newsletter. July 12, 2000.

Workshop. Writing Fiction (for Sehome High School students). Western Washington University, May 16, 2000.

Two readings. Art Beat Festival. Portland Community College. Portland, OR, May 11, 2000.

Workshop. Queer Poetry for P-FLAG’s Queer Youth Project. Bellingham, WA, May 7, 2000.

Workshop. “Creating Characters.” Village Books. Bellingham, WA, April 22, 2000.

Workshop. “Publishing Tips for Beginners.” LesGo. Bellingham, WA, January 14, 2000.

Book Club Presentation. LesGo. Bellingham, WA, April 15, 1999.

Panel. “Finding the Bisexual Voice.” OutWrite National GLBT Writer’s Conference, Boston, MA, February 27, 1999.

Reading. Richard Hugo House, Seattle, WA, February 17, 1999. 

Reading. Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, January 26, 1999.

Reading. A Different Light, San Francisco, CA, November 20, 1998.

Reading. The Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives, San Francisco, CA, November 19, 1998. 

Reading. Mother Kali’s Bookstore, Eugene, OR. September 19, 1998.

Reading. Grassroots Books, Corvallis, OR. September 19, 1998.

Presentation. Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association, Eugene, OR, September 18, 1998.

Reading. Elliot Bay Books, Seattle, WA, September 9, 1998.

Reading. Red and Black Books, Seattle, WA, September 8, 1998.

Reading. Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA, September 7, 1998.

Interview.  WAIF, Cincinnati, OH, August 29, 1998.

Reading. Powell’s, Portland, OR, August 27, 1998.

Interview. KBOO, Portland, OR, August 27, 1998.

Reading. Village Books, Bellingham, WA. August 4, 1998.

Interview. KPUG, Bellingham, WA. August 4, 1998.

Interview.  WRFG, Atlanta, GA, July 27, 1998.

Interview. KFAI, Minneapolis, MN, July 23, 1998.

Interview. KDHX, St. Louis, MO, July 17, 1998.

Interview.  KUMD, Duluth, MN, July 13.

Interview. Cleveland, OH, July 12, 1998.

Interview. KKUP, Santa Cruz, CA, July 12, 1998.

Interview. KNON, Dallas, TX, July 12, 1998.

Reading. Amazon Books, Minneapolis, MN, July 8, 1998.

Interview.  WFNX, July 6, 1998.

Interview. KDHX, St. Louis, MO, July 6, 1998.

Interview. WNDZ, Illinois, July 6, 1998.

Reading. University of Nebraska Bookstore, Lincoln, NE, July 2, 1998.

Interview. WFSS, Fayetteville, NC, July 2, 1998.

Interview.  WMBR, Boston, MA, July 1, 1998.

Reading. Common Language Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI, June 30, 1998.

Book signing. National Women’s Music Festival, Muncie, IN, June 27, 1998.

Reading. An Open Book, Columbus, OH, June 25, 1998.

Reading. Borders, Bloomington, IN, June 24, 1998.

Book signing. Barnes and Noble, Bloomington, IN, June 23, 1998.

Book signing. BookExpo America, Chicago, IL, May 30, 1998.

Reading. Wayne State College. Wayne, NE, April 2, 1998.

Reading. Associated Writing Programs Conference, Portland, OR, March 26, 1998.

Panel. Rural Queer Writers. OutWrite: National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Writers’ Conference, Boston, MA, February 21, 1998.

Interview. Bi-Women Magazine, January/February 1998.

Reading. Nebraska Wesleyan University. Lincoln, NE, October 31, 1997.

Reading. Writer’s Harvest. Lincoln, NE, October 23, 1997.

Workshop. Ohio Lesbian Festival, Kirkersville, OH, September 6, 1997.

Reading. Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL, November 11, 1996.

Reading. Borders, Bloomington, IN, June 11, 1996.

Panel. Midwestern Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Writers. Barnes and Noble, Bloomington, IN, June 10, 1996.

Reading. Milwaukee Pride Festival/Afterwords Bookstore, Milwaukee, WI, June 8, 1996.

Reading. A Room of One’s Own, Madison, WI, June 6, 1996.

Reading. Pages for All Ages, Champaign, IL, June 3, 1996.

Reading. Crazy Ladies, Cincinnati, OH, June 2, 1996.

Book signing. An Open Book, Columbus, OH, June 1, 1996.

Interview. David Ulin, LA Reader, May 30, 1996.

Reading. Dreams and Swords Bookstore, Indianapolis, IN, May 4, 1996.

Interview.  KCMU, Seattle, WA, April 18, 1996.

Reading. Queer Coalitions: National Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, and Bisexual Graduate Student Conference, Oxford, OH, April 4, 1996.

Interview. WTSO AM, Madison, WI, March 30, 1996.

Reading. A Woman’s Prerogative Bookstore, Ferndale, MI, March 15, 1996.

Book signing. Real World Emporium Bookstore, Lansing, MI, March 14, 1996.

Reading. Common Language Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI, March 13, 1996.

Book signing. People Like Us Bookstore, Chicago, IL, March 12, 1996.

Reading. Once Upon A Time Bookstore, Bloomington, IL, March 10, 1996.

Reading. TIS Bookstore, Bloomington, IN, March 5, 1996.

Reading. OutWrite: National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Writers’ Conference, Boston, MA, February 24, 1996.


“Feminism and Popular Culture: Lesbian (Mis)Representations in Mainstream Music,” Western Washington University, March 4, 2010.

“At the (Dirty) Movies: Screening Academic Feminism,” Bowling Green State University, October 16, 2002.

“Teaching Gay and Lesbian Literature,” Rocky Mountain MLA, Boise, Idaho, October 14, 2000.

“Being Gay/Lesbian in the World of Work,” Building Gay Voices in Our Community Conference, Lincoln Public High Schools’ GLB Student Association, Lincoln, NE, May 16, 1998.

“‘I Was a Lesbian Child’: Performing Lesbian Visibility as Political Activism,” Conference on Literature and Popular Culture, S.U.N.Y. Binghamton, April 22, 1995.

“Que(e)rying Lesbian Identity,” Midwest Feminist Graduate Student Conference, University of Toledo, February 18, 1995.

“‘G is for Gretchen’: Lesbian Comic Strips and the (De)Construction of Identity,” Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, November 12, 1994.


Dr. Bruce Beasley, Department of English, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 98225.

Professor Kelly Magee, Department of English, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 98225.

Professor Suzanne Paola, Department of English, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 98225.