Carol Cullar Bio
Carol Cullar, Texas and Southwest poet and author, is currently President of the Board and Executive Director of the Rio Bravo Nature Center Foundation, Inc. in Eagle Pass, Texas. She was just elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Basin Coalition, and, as a long-time resident of the Frontera, holds the Rio Grande dear to her heart.
Cullar is the recipient of a 1997 grant from the Austin Writers’ League. In the ‘90s she was editor of The Maverick Press, an internationally known literary journal and small press, for 11 years and publisher of The Southwest Poet Series from ’95 to ’00. Her most recent book, Wind Eyes: A Women’s Reader & Writing Source (an anthology of 8 feminist authors) was published by Plain View Press in 1997. Cullar’s section is entitled "Hot-Thighed Bride" and features poems written about her living experiences along La Frontera and her 24 year residence in Eagle Pass. Her poetry collection, Pagan Heart, was one of five Honorable Mentions in Salmon Run Press’ National Poetry Book Award for 1995; Inexplicable Burnings, won The Press of the Guadalupe's 1992 chapbook contest. Carol has work forthcoming or recently published (1994-03) in Southern Humanities Review, The Wisconsin Review, Talus and Scree, Cold Mountain Review, The New York Quarterly, Voices West, The MacGuffin, plus special issue Superstition, Myth & Magik (The MacGuffin,) Voices West, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, REAL, Fireweed: A Feminist Quarterly (Canada), Half Tones To Jubilee, Kalliope: A Journal of Women’s Art, New Texas '95 and ’97, ‘O2, Borderlands, Texas In Poetry: A 150 Year Anthology, vol. 1 & 2, and The Gun Beneath the Bed, (anthology.), Texas Short Stories, Vols. 1 and 2, (anthologies), et al. She is the author of four other chapbooks: Haiku, This Hunger, Life & Death, Mostly, and Maverick in the Chaparral: The Eagle Pass Poems.
Carol has a B.A. in Fine Arts from Hardin-Simmons U., Abilene, and a M.F.A. in Crafts from the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, where many years ago, as a true child of the seventies, she majored in a little bit of everything (textile design, jewelry and ceramics). A visual artist and photographer, Cullar has lived and taught public school art in or near Mexico since 1967, with only brief forays into the tamer regions of the West.
Upon early retirement three years ago, she established the Rio Bravo Nature Center Foundation, Inc. and now works full-time to enrich the ecological conservation awareness of residents in South West Texas.