In 1948, Carol Frost was born in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was raised in the Northeast with an identical twin, and spent a year in her mother’s hometown of Vienna, where German became the first language she spoke. As a child, she first discovered poetry in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King,” soon followed by reading the work of John Donne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and Wallace Stevens. Frost was educated at the Sorbonne in Paris and received a BA in English in 1967 from the State University College at Oneonta, New York. In 1977, she earned a master’s degree in literature and creative writing from Syracuse University.
Frost’s first collection was the chapbook The Salt Lesson published in 1976 by Graywolf Press, followed shortly by Liar’s Dice (Ithaca House, 1978). She is the author of numerous other books of poetry including Entwined: Three Lyric Sequences (Tupelo Press, 2014); Honeycomb: Poems (Triquarterly Books, 2010); The Queen’s Desertion (Triquarterly Books, 2006); I Will Say Beauty (Triquarterly / Northwestern University Press, 2003); and Love and Scorn, New and Selected Poems (Triquarterly Books, 2000).
Frost’s awards and honors include two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, four Pushcart Prizes, and a Teacher/Scholar Award and grants from Hartwick College.
Frost has taught most recently at SUNY Potsdam, New England College, Bucknell University, and Hartwick College. She is now a professor of English and the Alfond Chair in Creative Writing at Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida.