Carrie Rudzinski is a renowned poet, performance artist, filmmaker, teacher and feminist. Born in Illinois, USA, Rudzinski attended Emerson College to complete a degree in film production. Since graduating in 2009, she has traveled to 18 countries and has performed in 6 countries as well as nearly all 50 of the United States.
In 2016 Rudzinski was the performance director for Rising Voices of Youth Poetry Trust, a spoken word poetry development programme for youth in New Zealand and since 2013 she has been the national coordinator for the New Zealand Petry Slam. She currently works as the programme coordinator for ‘The Young Writers Programme' at the Michael King Writer’s Centre, and is also a Creative Writing and Performance Lecturer at the Manukau Institute of Technology. In 2019, she won the won the Pussy Riot award at the Auckland Fringe Festival for her performance in Long Distance Phone Calls and performed at Pussy Riot’s last show in the country.
Rudzinski has published four collections of poetry. A History of Silence (Bicycle Comics, 2010);The Endless Return Home (self-published, 2012); The Shotgun Speaks (self-published, 2013) and The Blood Mouth (self-published, 2014). Her work has also been published in numerous anthologies, including Learn Then Burn (Write Bloody Press, 2010), Muzzle Magazine (Winter 2010), Muzzle Magazine (Spring 2011), Alight The Best Poems of WOWPS 2013 (Bicycle Comics), Alight The Best Poems of WOWPS 2014 (Bicycle Comics), We Will Be Shelter (Write Bloody Press, 2014), OnMag, Drunk in a Midnight Choir (2015), Suspect Press and Catalyst (2016).