Carrie Fountain’s poems have appeared in Poetry, Tin House, and The New Yorker, among many others. Her debut collection, Burn Lake, was a National Poetry Series winner and was published in 2010 by Penguin. Her second collection, Instant Winner, was published by Penguin 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, on 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 as a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Currently writer-in-residence at St. Edward's University and visiting professor at the Michener Center, she travels the country teaching creative writing workshops and is the host of 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.
Fountain lives in Austin with her husband, playwright and novelist Kirk Lynn, and their two children.
In 2019, she is serving as Poet Laureate of the state of Texas.