Carla Hartsfield was born in Waxahachie, Texas. After completing Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance at the University of Texas, she came to Canada to study with Canadian pianist, Anton Kuerti. Finding Toronto a congenial environment, Carla decided to make her home here and now enjoys dual citizenship. Subsequently, she has made a career as a singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist. Carla’s first major poetry collection, The Invisible Moon (Signal Editions/Vehicule) was one of three books short-listed for the LCP Gerald Lampert prize. Your Last Day on Earth (Brick Books), her third, was longlisted for the B.C. Relit Awards. Carla’s long-sequenced poem, The River, appeared from Rubicon Press as a chapbook in 2011, and her poem "Seven, Seven, Oh Seven" made the Best Canadian Poetry longlist in 2010. Also a recording artist, Carla is working on her second CD with new band, Court the Clouds™. Presently Carla teaches piano at the Ottawa conservatory. She is also the mother of two sons.
published in Bywords.ca July 2015
published in Bywords.ca August 2014
published in Bywords.ca March 2013