Carolyn Highland is a Maine native and Northwestern University grad with a BA in Creative Writing .  She has spent the time since graduating out in the world gathering material for her writing and enriching herself as a human being everywhere from the backcountry of New Zealand to the desert of Northern Chile to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the woods of Maine. She currently lives, teaches, and studies in Denver. Carolyn counts Joan Didion, Eula Biss, Cheryl Strayed, Lily King, and Jon Krakauer as her greatest literary influences.  Carolyn can be contacted at c.highland29@gmail.com.

Publications and Prizes

Carolyn is a writer for the digital magazine Misadventures and contributes to Outdoor Women’s AllianceThought Catalog and Elite Daily.  Carolyn’s essay “Parentage” was featured in the winter 2012 edition of Northwestern University’s literary magazine Prompt and won the Helen G. Scott award for Best Personal Essay. Carolyn’s essay “Out Here” was featured in the summer 2013 issue of the National Outdoor Leadership School’s alumni magazine, The Leader. Additionally,  “The Fear Of Missing Our Youth” was selected by WordPress editors for the “Freshly Pressed” page of the website.

Header photo courtesy of Justine Morrison


4 thoughts on “About

  1. Carolyn, your mom and I talked – all too briefly – during the district-wide back-to-school lunch, but it led me to “parentage” and then to happy frolicking about in this blog. Lovely writing! Thanks for sharing. Happy travels from Charlotte Agell (another Cheryl Strayed fan)
    P.S. I, too, have a wordpress site: http://www.indiamcallister.com (India’s voice, not mine, but I guess I’m the ventriloquist)

  2. Stumbled upon your blog today and I’ve got to say, you’ve got some pretty thought-provoking articles right here! Good job!

    Please also check out my blog at doitchoco.wordpress.com 🙂

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