Claudia Carlson was born in Indiana and didn’t stay there. She was raised in numerous college towns, including San Miguel de Allende, Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, LA, and Brooklyn. At Stony Brook University she double-majored in English and Art History. She loves to work with words and images, type and graphics.
She has worked for many years as a book designer for some of the top publishers in the business, including Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Oxford University Press. She's won design awards at the Bookbinders Guild and Independent Publisher Associations. She also creates maps, websites, and illustrations.
Pocket Park, a photo-poetry book will be published in Fall 2013 by Marsh Hawk Press. Her first book of poetry, The Elephant House, was published by Marsh Hawk Press in 2007. She co-edited, with Jeanne Marie Beaumont, The Poets' Grimm, an anthology of modern fairy tale poems, Story Line Press, 2003. Court Green, Heliotrope, NYCLit.com, and Southern Poetry Review, among others, have published her poems. The Same, The Cream City Review, and Gargoyle have featured her photos. She enjoys sketching and photography walkabouts. Claudia lives in Manhattan with her husband, lyricist Jim Racheff.