About the Director

Carol Gilbertson is the director of the Lutheran Festival of Writing. She is professor of English at Luther College and former director of the Luther Poetry Project 2002-04. She was the 2006-07 co-director of Luther’s year-long study abroad program in Nottingham, England.

Carol’s poems have appeared in Christian Century, The MacGuffin, Flyway, Concho River Review, Jefferson Monthly, The Cresset, Dogwood, Pebble Lake Review, and the radio program Voices from the Prairie.

Her poem “On the Train from Krakow” was named runner-up in the 2009 MacGuffin Poet Hunt, and “Hercules” won the 2006 Flyway Sweet Corn Prize for Poetry.

Other poems have earned honorable mention and finalist standings in poetry contests from Pebble Lake Review, Dogwood, and New Millennium Writing Awards.

Her essay “The Translucent Word” won the 2005 National Council of Teachers of English Donald Murray Prize for Best Creative Essay on Teaching.

She co-edited the book Translucence:  Religion, the Arts, and Imagination (Fortress, 2004).

She has written hymn texts with three different composers, and collaborated with composer Philip Wharton on a five-song cycle, “Birdsongs.”

Read some of Carol's poems here.