Caroline Randall Williams, MFA, is a newly appointed Writer-In-Residence in Vanderbilt University’s Medicine Health and Society Department. Named by Southern Living as “One of the 50 People changing the South,” the Cave Canem fellow has been published and featured in multiple journals, essay collections and news outlets, including The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, CherryBombe, and the New York Times. As a poet, essayist and cookbook author, she works to create texts and raise questions that examine how the lived-in body both inspires and becomes its own text in the world. Her multi-genre writing practice invites students both on and off the MHS track to explore ways to analyze the body and the human condition outside of the context of making a diagnosis, and to claim agency in how we shape and articulate our physical and emotional narratives.Professor Williams received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Mississippi after completing her undergraduate English studies at Harvard University.
Caroline is a catalyst. She makes change possible by bringing art and joy into the room in such a way that the grit of real challenge and limits may become eclipsed by analysis, innovation, and skill.