Abigail Carl-Klassen is a poet, writer, educator, translator and activist. Raised in a small town in the Texas panhandle, she relocated to the U.S.-Mexico border where she worked for many years in El Paso in community development and public education. Her most recent chapbook, A’int Country Like You, which explores the intersections of race, culture, and class in rural spaces, is available from Digging Press.
She has done docupoetic work with migrant workers, Old Colony Mennonite communities in Mexico and Texas, social workers, homeless communities, immigrant communities on the U.S.-Mexico border, and most recently, with Central American migrants and asylum seekers in Mexico.
Her work has appeared in ZYZZYVA, Catapult, Willow Springs, Cimarron Review, Guernica, Aster(ix), Kweli, Matter, Huizache, and Post Road, among others, and is anthologized in IMANIMAN: Poets Writing in the Anzaldúan Borderlands (Aunt Lute), New Border Voices (Texas A&M University Press) Goodbye Mexico: Poems of Remembrance (Texas Review Press) and Outrage: A Protest Anthology for Injustice in a 9/11 World (Slough Press) among others.
She earned an MFA from the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual Creative Writing Program and taught at El Paso Community College and the University of Texas El Paso.
Nomadic for a season, she recently returned from fieldwork in Latin America and is completing a full length docupoetry collection. You can see her most current work Rebels, Exiles, and Bridge Builders on YouTube.