Clarissa lives in Richmond where she works as a high school English teacher in Chesterfield County Public Schools and as a part-time yoga instructor with American Family Fitness. She began writing poetry in her early teens. Some of her favorite influences are Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, Sylvia Plath, Rita Dove, Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, Marianne Moore, Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, Erin Belieu, Adrian Matejka, Kevin Prufer, Cate Marvin, Robert Lowell, and many more. In 2018, she received her MFA in Poetry from Lesley University located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Coordinating for Poetry Out Loud and WriteNow contests and researching Culturally Responsive Teaching practices with Virginia Commonwealth University's MERC program are some of the ways she stays involved with the Richmond, Virginia arts and culture communities. She's looking forward to her first full-length poetry collection to come out in April 2021 with Lily Poetry Review. More details soon . . .




    To contact her please email: ccharlotteadkins@gmail.com

  • Publications

    Clarissa's first full-length poetry book, Building Alexandria, is now available at Lily Poetry Review Books

    "American Concubine" August 2020


    "Sarcastic Prayer" Whurk Magazine


    "Elegy for the Bird Killed in the Parking Lot at St. Edward the Confessor's" and "Original Supper" in

    Lingering in the Margins: A River City Poets Anthology



    “Explanation of Skull Philosophy” Smartish Pace, Issue 25, and Erskine J. Poetry Prize Finalist


    “Experiment of a Woman as a Paper Cut-Out” The Pinch Journal, Spring 2018 (38.1)



    "Swallowed From a Lead Box" Plath Poetry Project



    "Mustard Originelle" Parentheses Journal, Issue 2 (Best of the Net Nomination)



    "Nature Trail at Ship Harbor Nature Trail" and "This is Morning" Poems2Go "Featured Poems" section and September 2017



    Epic Protest Poems August 2017


    "Vista from the Foggy Privilege Observation Balcony" Writers Against Prejudice. July 2016


    Flash fiction stories in Nailpolish Stories, a Tiny and Colorful Literary Magazine January 2016


    Fitness articles through Livestrong.com. Yoga writer on Examiner.com for Richmond, Virginia.



    Chair Yoga for You, a Practical Guide co-authored with Olivette Baugh Robinson & Barbara Leaf Stewart


    4/21/21 Lily Poetry Review

    5/2/21 Book launch! for Building Alexandria on Lily Poetry Review Books