Bio

Kelly Puig Carroll & Rainbow Hesse.

I am a writer, book artist and general tinkerer in the arts. I completed an MFA in Fiction at Brown University’s Literary Arts Program and was the recipient of the Weston Prize for best graduate work in addition to the Frances Mason Harris ’26 Prize for best manuscript of poetry or prose fiction written by a woman. While at Brown, I pursued interdisciplinary coursework in book arts at Rhode Island School of Design.

I am drawn to the exploration of genre-defiant work both on the page and within the terrain of the book form. While every text inherently demands its own form on the page, what exactly constitutes a page? How might content, textual form and a book’s physical rendering unite so as to yield a fully integrated literary work of art? How can the book enact and embody our story-telling or poetic distillations, furthering a reader’s immersive engagement and innovating what we thought we knew poetry or fiction to be? Such studied synthesis of written and visual craft suggests a distinct pinnacle of literary possibility: for the book that transcends itself, so goes the reader.

At present, my work is featured in the Artists’ Books Collection at RISD’s Fleet Library in addition to the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays at Brown’s John Hay Library. My writing has been published in Witness, Wag’s Revue and The Columbia Review.

Prior to graduate school, I worked as a graphic designer and web developer. I completed my undergraduate education at Columbia University with a BA in English & Comparative Literature and a Creative Writing Concentration in Poetry. I live in Austin and work as Creative Director and Co-Founder of Literati.