CAROL TEST is a trauma-informed writing coach who combines productivity techniques with compassion and artistry. Her passion is coaching fearful writers through fearless stories of trauma and healing, as well as helping professionals in the realms of psychology, spirituality, and personal growth develop books. She has studied creativity coaching with America’s foremost expert, and edited books published with large houses, small presses, and self-publishers.
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Here’s a FORMAL BIO: Carol Test holds an MFA from the University of Arizona, where she served as former editor-in-chief of Sonora Review. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart prize, two Glimmer-Train Short Story Awards for New Writers, and The Flannery O’Connor Award. She lives in Phoenix, where she is at work on a multi-genre collage exploring how artifacts, images, and language hoarded in family systems reveal—and hold the potential to heal—generational trauma.
Over two decades, she has taught creative writing for The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Phoenix and Mesa Community Colleges, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference. Her post-graduate work includes training in trauma and creativity coaching.
Her fiction has been published in journals including Night Train, Red Rock Review, The Normal School, The Coachella Review, Monsoon Voices, The Review Review, Pilgrimage, and Other Voices: Journal of Literary and Visual Arts, among others. She is the recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts Award, Swink’s Literary Award for Fiction and scholarships to the Sewanee, Bread Loaf, and DISQUIET Writers’ Conferences.
When not editing manuscripts or coaching clients, you’ll find her utilizing her survivor background to advocate for AYA cancer issues, or hiking with her springer through the desert Southwest. During quarantine, she took up poetry to explore the loss of her youngest brother during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the spirit of sharing early work, watch Carol read those very first poems for The Piper Center.
You can check out Carol’s fiction in The Coachella Review.