"Carol Hebald's haunting imagery and sharp attention to form make SPINSTER BY THE SEA a wonderfully dynamic book of poems."
International Poetry Review, Spring 2005.
"One of our most mystical of poets, Carol Hebald's work burns with intensity fired by myth and Biblical mysteries, reminding us that we cannot suppress or escape the power of song crying out from dreams and the poet's iconic avatars."
Author of ONE THOUSAND YEARS: Poems about the Holocaust.
"How often does original poetry smash into the world
shattering ourselves into new configurations? Carol Hebald's poems are as fresh and surprising as tomorrow. Lyrical mysticism joins demotic diction, the passage between high and low navigated by a syntax that takes us where we've never been. You must read this book."
Author of HISTORY, PASSION, FREEDOM, DEATH and HOPE: Prose About Poetry
"These poems by Carol Hebald are as 'precise as a pin in a circle of light'...What was in her memoir, THE HEART TOO LONG SUPPRESSED, is a far cry from that in SPINSTER BY THE SEA; yet the cry is poignantly there, the prayer, the pain, the parting of birds, 'grief italicized,' even 'off-camera' the heart undiminished."
Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor of the Humanities, University of Washington
On LITTLE MONOLOGS
"Carol Hebald's poems, both beautiful and strong, display her mastery of a new form which I call 'strict wildness.' Never have I encountered a more fantastic imagination combined with a more rigorous sense of formal control."
(Winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry).
"Hebald's poems are like jewels on fire--cool and precisely cut at first glance, then blazing with mystery and sparkle of awe when touched on closer reading. Her work insists on the sharing of personal revelation, which in turn leads the reader into her world of passionate and profound inquiry."
Editor of CONFRONTATION, & Professor Emeritus, Long Island University
"Hebald’s poems are beautifully, painfully lyrical, and touched with the grace of irony."
"Carol Hebald’s poems are dazzling. She does breathtaking shifts of tone that are profoundly revealing. There is depth, of course, but the objectivity and control are more remarkable."
Barbara Bellow Watson
(critic, 20th Century British Poetry)
ABOUR HER MEMOIR: THE HEART TOO LONG SUPPRESSED
"A gripping narrative...smooth, solid prose."
"The rocky road from childhood victimization in the 1940's to self-acceptance and recovery in middle age is documented in this stirring memoir."
"Hebald's enthralling story of personal success constitutes a troubling insider's view of the mental health industry,"
“Carol Hebald’s THE HEART TOO LONG SUPPRESSED is a most compelling journey through mental crises. Haunting and powerful in its sweep of pain and fear, here finally is a life-affirming memoir from the pen of a born artist. I couldn’t put it down.”
Uta Hagen, actress and author of A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR and RESPECT FOR ACTING.
“It is the best book of its kind I can remember reading. It might also be subtitled ‘A Chronicle of Mental Transformation.’ The narrative is compelling and, just as in a fine novel, the heroine is complex, likeable, and flawed—in other words, real. One day we may look back on perilous journeys like Hebald’s and recognize that certain people were forerunners toward the next stage of heart and mind evolution. Carol Hebald is a heroine herself, this tale of transcendence makes clear.”
Gail Godwin, author of HEART: A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH ITS MYTHS AND MEANINGS, EVENSONG and THE FINISHING SCHOOL.
“Equally powerful and moving, Carol Hebald’s story is written in a highly original voice. Yet some of her experiences are universal—in a society where parts of the psychiatric community have misled their patients. The author’s journey through different hospitals is as shocking as it ought to be, and her return to customary life is as illuminating as it is heartening.”
Nora Sayre, author of PREVIOUS CONVICTIONS: A JOURNEY THROUGH THE 1950S and SIXTIES GOING ON SEVENTIES.
“The most important lesson this book offers is the stultifying effect of psychiatrists’ arbitrary and self-serving definings of one’s ups and downs, proving one of Thomas Szasz’s critical insights that ‘the struggle for definition is veritably the struggle for life itself.’ Carol Hebald’s book shows the need to be an aggressive actor in life and not let others or drugs control you. One of her most telling observations is: ‘I’d been crippled by an excess of need.’”
Richard E. Vatz, Ph.D., Associate Psychology Editor, USA TODAY Magazine.
“An inspiring tale of one woman’s courageous decision to confront her past, both real and imagined. After forty-some years of mental illness, dependencies, and a snowballing descent through various therapies, the author finds answers that have always been there. Tuned at last to an inner voice, she tosses away her medications, walks away from her doctors, and lets her true personal growth begin.”
Brenda Smiley, actress, writer, and journalist, is writing a book called DIARY OF A GRAVEDIGGER.
ABOUT HER FICTION:
"Carol Hebald is a poet. Her novella, CLARA KLEINSCHMIDT, is a poem."
"She has a magnificent talent. Her language in THREE BLIND MICE is both precise and passionate."
"CLARA KLEINSCHMIDT is fascinating, most moving, and very funny indeed."
"She writes about pain and makes it funny."
Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller.
"Hebald’s THREE BLIND MICE/Two Short Novels, is a quirky, lean, and rapid-fire book. Undeniably captivating."
NEW LETTERS REVIEW OF BOOKS.
"The novellas are well-crafted, masterly, and a delight to read."
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THE HEART TOO LONG SUPPRESSED, Northeastern University Press, Boston, June, 2001.
Excerpt from THE HEART TOO LONG SUPPRESSED, CONFRONTATION, Summer/Fall, 1995, pp. 28-32.
THREE BLIND MICE & CLARA KLEINSCHMIDT: two short novels under one cover, Unicorn Press, Greensboro, North Carolina, June, 1989.
Excerpts from THREE BLIND MICE in COTTONWOOD REVIEW, Lawrence, Kansas, Summer, 1989, pp. 53-57.
“The Feminist Who Hated Her Sisters,” THE ANTIOCH REVIEW, Summer, 2014,
“Last Evening at Pitzer's,” anthologized in KANSAS WOMEN WRITERS, (Cottonwood Review Press, Lawrence, Kansas), Fall, 1981, pp. 78-87.
“Mada,” NEW LETTERS, Fall, 1979, pp. 85-90.
“Elise is My Name,” in TEXAS QUARTERLY, Summer, 1976, pp. 6-26.
CLARA KLEINSCHMIDT, novella in NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, Spring, 1972, pp. 8-33.
ASYLUM, excerpts from a novella, NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, Summer, 1970, pp. 35-41.
SPINSTER BY THE SEA, March Street Press, Greensboro, NC, November, 2005. 57 pages. Distributor: Baker & Taylor.
LITTLE MONOLOGS, a chapbook, March Street Press, Greensboro, NC, November, 2004.
"Seaside Twilight," POETRY QUARTERLY, Spring, 2014.
“Winter Dawn,” BLUE LYRA REVIEW, 2014, Vol. 1., & Online Issue 2.1, 2013.
"Cain in the Land of Nod," BIG RIVER POETRY REVIEW, Jan. 16, 2014.
"Little Monologue," THE SAME, Summer/Fall, 2013, p. 93.
"An Indelible Dream," & *"The Isolation Room," in BIG RIVER POETRY REVIEW, June, 2013 ). *See FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS below.
"Memory of the Slow Child," POETICA, Spring 2013, p. 22.
"Gethsemane in Last Light," CONFRONTATION, Winter 2009/Spring 2010, p. 254.
"Child Magdalene's Reverie," COMMONWEAL, October 20, 2006, p. 18.
"Lilith's Remembrance," NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, March, April, 2003, p. 24.
•“Urban Love Song,” INTERNATIONAL POETRY REVIEW, Spring, 2000, p. 77.
•“The Seal,” INTERNATIONAL POETRY REVIEW, Spring, 1999, p. 73.
•“Portrait,” CONFRONTATION, Fall, 1998/Winter, 1999, p. 307.
•“Echo,” PEN INTERNATIONAL, Vol. 47, No. 1, 1997, p. 82.
•“Eve in Limbo,” CONFRONTATION, Spring/Summer, 1996, p. 339.
•“Prayer for the Little, Mad Rag Girl,” CAPRICE, Fall, 1996, p. 19.
•“Catatonia in the Vestibule,” “First Prayer,” CONFRONTATION, Summer/Fall, 1995, pp. 32-34.
•“Morning Dream,” CAPRICE, October, 1988, p. 28.
•“Cinderella,” “The Harm of Early Hurt,” “Epigraph,” CAPRICE, August, 1988, pp. 12-16.
•“Branches, Scattered, Strewn,” DEKALB LITERARY ARTS JOURNAL, Summer/ Fall, 1986, p. 78.
•“Nightmare,” ELEVEN, Spring, 1986, p. 8.
•“At the Zoo,” CONFRONTATION, Spring/Summer, 1986, p. 58.
•“The Gentle Gods at Abtenau,” ENCORE, Fall/Winter, 1985 86, p. 45.
•“Letter to an Artist,” & “Fantasy in a Floating Café,” KANSAS QUARTERLY, Fall, 1985, pp. 43,44.
•“My Steep Dream Remembers,” ARARAT, Spring, 1985, p .76.
•“Two Quatrains,” NEW LETTERS, Spring, 1985, pp. 60, 61.
•“Poem at Sunrise,” FREE INQUIRY, Fall, 1984, p. 53.
•“Poem from a Discipline Problem,” ARARAT, Winter, 1983, p. 14.
•“How a Living Bird Became a Jewel,” CONFRONTATION, Summer, 1982, p. 53.
•“Widow's Remembrance,” ARARAT, Autumn, 1981, p. 58.
•“Lilith's Cry,” COTTONWOOD REVIEW, Fall, 1981, p. 13.
•“A Strange Flower,” KANSAS QUARTERLY, Winter, 1981, p. 163.
•“Child of the Ravenhair,” CONFRONTATION, Winter, 1981, p. 51.
•“The Moon Leaks Red,” NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, Spring, 1979, p. 72.
•“Eve With Son,” KANSAS QUARTERLY, Winter/Spring, 1979, p. 30.
•“The Actress,” COTTONWOOD REVIEW, Fall, 1978, No. 28, p. 75.
•“The Solitary Seal,” CONFRONTATION, Spring/Summer, 1978, p. 132.
•“Echo: From Leaf to Flower,” TEXAS QUARTERLY, Winter, 1977, p. 161.
•“Pastoral,” & “He Speaks of His Longing,” THE HUMANIST, September/ October, 1976, p. 55.
•“Lilith,” THE LITERARY REVIEW, Summer, 1976, p. 404.
•“Bathsheba's Song,” & “Little Dialogue,” TEXAS QUARTERLY, Spring, 1976, pp. 126, 127.
•“In Memoriam,” “Chiaroscuro,” “Eve's Lament,” & "I, in the Wake of Wing,” YEARBOOK OF MODERN POETRY (Young Publications, Knoxville, TN.), 1976.
•“The Poet's Counterpoint,” & “Rhapsody,” TEXAS QUARTERLY, Autumn, 1975, pp. 67, 68.
•“The Farmer's Widow,” anthologized in POEMS FROM THE HAWKEYE STATE (Iowa State University Press), 1975, pp. 118, 119.
•“Poem,” “In Defense of hallucination,” DEKALB LITERARY ARTS JOURNAL'S NATIONAL POETRY ANTHOLOGY, 1975, Vol. VII, Nos. 2 4, pp. 88-90.
•“Wild Particulars Vs. Respectable Particulars,” KANSAS QUARTERLY, Spring, 1974, p. 70.
•“The Magdalene Orders Her Portrait,” & “The Parting of Birds,” TEXAS QUARTERLY, Autumn, 1973, p. 136.
•“Mary & the Son,” ANTIOCH REVIEW, 1973, Vol. XXXII, No. 4, p. 639.
•“Song,” & “Child Magdalene's Dream,” ANTIOCH REVIEW, 1972, Vol. XXXI, No. 4, pp. 517, 564.
•“Note from Bellevue,” THE MASSACHUSETTS REVIEW, Winter/ Spring, 1972, p. 289; anthologized in WOMAN, AN ISSUE, Little, Brown, Spring, 1972, p. 289.
•“The Subjunctive of the Mistress,” NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW, Spring, 1971, p. 65.
•“Dream of the Departed,” THE SMITH, special issue: INSERAT GROTESK, January, 1971, p. 17.
•“The Song of Sarah,” Bantam Books Anthology, INTRO II, September, 1969, p. 163.
•“The Song of Sarah,” “Mary and the Son,” & “In Defense of Hallucination,” ANON, 1969, p. 163. (Second printings.)
•“Widow's Song,” THE NEW RENAISSANCE, Fall, 1968, p. 56.
•“In Defense of Hallucination,” KAURI, April, 1968, p. 31.
•“The Subjunctive of the Mistress,” KAURI, September, 1968, p. 28. (First printing.)
•“Dream of the Departed,” PROMETHEAN, Spring, 1967, p. 27.
"The Harm of Early Hurt," in A WAY OUT OF MADNESS, ISPS-US Books Series, eds., Mackler & Morrissey, March 2010, pp. 89-96.
"To See or Not to See," ANTIOCH REVIEW, Spring, 2004, pp. 335-340.
“Poland's Continuing Ordeal...” a two part series in NEW YORK TRIBUNE, April 20, 21, 1983.
“Eyewitness/Warsaw,” ARARAT, Spring, 1982, pp. 56 59.
“Jakie Jest Inne Wyjscie,” [“What else is there to do?”] in LITERATURA NA SWIECIE, December, 1982, pp. 391 398; Polish translation by Edyta Rzad Gornicka.
Review of Isabella Gardner's NEW & SELECTED POEMS, NEW LETTERS, Fall, 1982, pp. 118, 119.
READINGS AND INTERVIEWS:
From my memoir, THE HEART TOO LONG SUPPRESSED:
Interview Online @ http://indiehousebooks.com/meet-author-carol-hebald, 6/5/13.
Reading, Epiphany Branch, New York Public Library, 4/20/2013.
Reading, Westbeth Artists' Residence, 1/27/2012.
Reading, The MacDowell Artists' Colony, 10/27/10.
Reading, Westbeth Artists' Community, 6/5/07.
Radio Inteview: Breaking the Conspiracy of Silence: Transcending Mental Illness, 4/11/07 (recorded on this Website).
Reading & signing, Penn State Berks, Reading, PA, 3/29/06.
Reading, signing & discussion on AWP panel,"Writers Defying Diagnosis," Austin, TX, 3/11/06.
Audio interview for Psychjourney Book Club, 9/13/05 (recorded on this Website).
University Book & Supply, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Reading/Signing, 4/21/05.
Mental Health Unit, Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, Iowa, Reading/Q & A, 4/20/05.
Hunter College School of Social Work, Reading/Workshop 3/31/04.
Utica College of Syracuse University,
Utica, New York, 4/10/02.
Jefferson Market Branch, New York Public Library, 1/12/02.
The Donnell Library Center, 12/12/01,
New York City.
Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, 10/23/01.
Riverside Branch, New York Public Library, 10/18/01.
Bought Again Books, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 10/3/01.
Live From Prairie Lights, reading and Q & A, Prairie Lights Books, Iowa City, Iowa, 10/2/01.
Interview on Iowa Talks, WSUI Public Radio, Iowa City, Iowa, 10/2/01.
Barnes & Noble, Booksellers, New York City, 7/17/01.
St. Agnes Branch, New York Public Library, 6/21/01.
Epiphany Branch, New York Public Library, 6/9/01.
Interview with Leonard Lopate, New York & Company, National Public Radio, WNYC, 6/7/01 (recorded on this Website).
Mid-Manhattan Branch, New York Public Library, 5/17/01.
Readings from my POETRY, FICTION, and PLAYS:
Guest poet at PEN Women’s Literary Workshop’s annual reading,
Poems from SPINSTER BY THE SEA, The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 4/19/12.
“Last Evening at Pitzer’s,” a story, Westbeth Artists’ Community,
THE PLAYGROUND, a novel-in-progress, Westbeth Artists' Community, 11/15/07.
Poetry: Reading and signing, Utica College of Syracuse University, 9/27/06.
Poetry: Reading & signing, Penn State Berks, 3/29/06.
Poetry: Mid-Manhattan Branch, NYPL, 2/28/06.
Poetry: The Writer's Voice Visiting Author Series, YMCA, 2/24/06.
Barnes& Noble December, 2005 "Featured Poet"; reading from SPINSTER BY THE SEA at Greenwich Village Store: 12/2/05.
Poetry: University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 4/19/05.
Fiction & Poetry: Westbeth Artists’ Community, 1/20/00.
Mid-Manhattan Branch, NYPL, 10/29/97.
PEN American Center, 9/99, 9/98, 9/22/97.
Hudson Park Branch, NYPL, 12/16/93.
St. George Branch, NYPL, 6/12/93.
Jefferson Market Branch, NYPL, 3/10/93.
96th Street Branch, NYPL, 3/l/93.
Baychester Branch, NYPL, 2/8/92.
Mid-Manhattan Branch, NYPL, 11/4/91.
Utica College of Syracuse University, 10/23/91.
Plays: Writers' Theatre's staged reading of my play MARTHA with Anne Meara as Martha Mitchell, 10/22/90.
Fiction & Poetry: Mid-Manhattan Branch, NYPL, 9/11/90.
City College of CUNY: 5/9/90; 4/26/91; 5/13/92; 4/16/93; 5/6/94; 5/5/95; 5/17/96, 5/15/98; 5/11/12, 5/10/13.
A song cycle of my poems, “Child of the Ravenhair,” “Song,” “Pastoral,” “The Parting of Birds,” & “Poem at Sunrise,” in concert by Memphis Chamber Symphony Orchestra, 4/19/90.
Mid-Manhattan Branch, NYPL, 12/12/89.
Interviews: Lewis Burke Frumkes Show, WNWK FM, Radio, N.Y., 10/17/89.
Ruth Jacobs Show, WEVD Radio, N.Y. , 6/21/ 89.
Interview on Radio Blue Danube, Vienna, 4/30/89.
Reading from my novella, CLARA KLEINSCHMIDT, University of Vienna, English American Inst., 4/11/89.
The Donnell Branch, NYPL, 4/4/89.
Baychester Branch, NYPL, 3/11/89.
State University of New York, Cobleskill, 3/2/89.
Epiphany Branch, NYPL, 2/6/89.
Actors' staged reading of my play, CANTERGATE, Writers' Theatre, New York City, 4/28 & 29, '88; also 5/12/87, & 11/2/87.
Utica College of Syracuse University, 10/27 & 28, '87.
Schoharie County Arts Council, Cobleskill, N. Y., 12/7/85.
The Donnell Library, New York City, 11/7/85.
Cortelyou Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, 10/17/85.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2/16/85.
Poetry Society of America, Spotlight Series, 3/28/84.
The Donnell Library, 2/15/83.
The City College of CUNY, 12/17/82.
The University of Vienna, 11/30/82.
Shakespeare & Co. of Vienna, 11/26/82.
Blue Danube Radio of Vienna, 12/7/82.
Wroclaw University, Wroclaw, Poland, 3/25/82.
Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 2/25/82.
Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland, 11/11/81 & 11/18/81.
Randolph Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, Va., 6/24/81.
Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, 4/9/81.
Michigan State University at East Lansing, 5/7/81.
State University of New York, Cobleskill, 4/16 & 4/17, 1980.
Utica College of Syracuse University, 4/15/80.
City College of CUNY, 12/12/79.
Masterworks Laboratory Theatre, 12/9/79.
New Letters On The Air, KCUR FM, Kansas City, Mo., 1978.
The MacDowell Colony, 6/76 & 7/76; 6/77 & 7/77; 7/78.
The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1978.
Scripps College, Claremont, Calif., 1977.
New York University, 1976.
WNYC Radio, 1976.
WBAI Radio, 1976.
The University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1976.
Colby College, Waterville, Maine, 1975.
The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, 1975.
Utica College of Syracuse University, 1974.
Kirkland College, Clinton, New York, 1973.
The University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, 1972.
Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, 1969.
The City College of CUNY, 1969.
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, 1969.
The City College of CUNY, 1968.
Queens College of CUNY, 1968.
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS:
Utica College Creative Writing Grant, 1974: summer stipend.
Utica College Creative Writing Grant, 1975: summer stipend.
Residence at the MacDowell Colony, 6/76-7/76; 6/77-7/77; 6/78; 9/2010-11/2010.
Grant-in-Aid from The Wisconsin Arts Board for my novel in progress, THREE BLIND MICE, 1976-77.
Residence at The Millay Colony for the Arts, 8/77 & 9/85.
Creative Writing Grant from The University of Kansas' Research Fund for completion of THREE BLIND MICE, 1978.
Residencies at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts: 5/83 & 6/83; 12/83 & 1/84; 7/84 & 8/84; 1/85-3/85; 11/99-12/99.; 8/27/01-9/10/01; 11/17/03-12/28/03; 4/22/05-5/22/05.
Residence at The Edward Albee Foundation, 6/84.
New York State Council on the Arts PEN/AMERICAN FUND for development of my play, REMEMBER MARTHA, 6/85.
McGraw-Hill nomination of my manuscript of novellas, STILL LIFES, for Editors' Book Award Pushcart Prize, 8/86.
1986 KANSAS QUARTERLY SEATON AWARD for poems: “Letter to a Gay Artist...” & “Fantasy in a Floating Café...”
McGraw-Hill nomination of my novel, THREE BLIND MICE, for Editors' Book Award Pushcart Prize, 1987.
My play, CANTERGATE (revision of REMEMBER MARTHA), nominated by Writers' Theatre for Fund For New American Plays, 1988.
HarperCollins nomination of my novel, A WARSAW CHRONICLE, for Editors' Book Award Pushcart Prize, 1993-4.
My play MARTHA: a finalist in the 2nd Annual John Gassner New Play Festival, Stony Brook, NY, 2004.
BIG RIVER POETRY REVIEW’S May 2013 Poem of the Month Award for “The Isolation Room.” (See bigriverpoetry.com.) The poem was nominated by the publisher for the 2013 Pushcart Prize.
Associate Professor of English, The University of Kansas, 1980-84.
Visiting Professor of English and American Literature, Warsaw University, Poland, 1981-82.
Assistant Professor of English, The University of Kansas, 1977-80.
Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing, The University of Wisconsin/ Madison, 1/76-5/77.
Instructor of Creative Writing for Theatre Artists, New York University, 9/75-1/76.
Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, Elements of Acting, and Freshman English, Utica College of Syracuse University, 1972-75.
Instructor of The Short Novel, Argument, Freshman English, The University of Northern Iowa, 1971-72.
Tenured at the rank of Associate Professor of English at the University of Kansas in 1980, I resigned my tenure in 1984 to write full time.
My long poem, DELUSION OF GRANDEUR, Turning Point Press, in April, 2016.
My novel, A WARSAW CHRONICLE, Regal House Publishing, in July, 2016.