Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, and The New Yorker, among others. Her first collection, Burn Lake, was a National Poetry Series winner and was published by Penguin Random House in 2010. Her second collection, Instant Winner, was published by Penguin Random House in 2014. Fountain's debut novel for young adults, I'm Not Missing, was published in 2018 by Flatiron Books (Macmillan). Her first children’s book, The Poem Forest, about the life and legacy of poet and ecologist W.S. Merwin, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press.
Born and raised in Mesilla, New Mexico, where her family’s multicultural history is deeply rooted, Fountain received her MFA in writing as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Currently writer-in-residence at St. Edward's University, she travels the country reading her poetry and teaching writing workshops. She hosts NPR's This Is Just To Say, a radio show and podcast featuring intimate conversations about poetry and life with America's most influential poets. In 2019, Fountain was named Poet Laureate of the state of Texas.
Carrie Fountain lives in Austin with her husband, playwright Kirk Lynn, and their children.