Welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Photo by Kelley Fontenot Photography

Photo by Kelley Fontenot Photography

I’m a writer and teacher in Austin, Texas. I write poetry, horror, young adult and middle grade fiction, and picture books. My work has appeared in over a dozen publications, including Daily Science Fiction, Nature Futures, The Texas Poetry Calendar, Spark: A Creative Anthology, and Writers Weekly. You can find the full list of my published work here.

Austin has amazing community of writers and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m a member of the Writer’s League of Texas, the Poetry Society of Texas, and the Austin chapter of SCBWI. I’m also the Communications Director for the Austin Poetry Society, so if you’re interested in joining APS and have any questions about the organization, let me know.

When I’m not teaching or writing or grading papers, I enjoy walking my dog, doing yoga, playing games, and of course reading. I love books. I am obsessed with books. Sometimes when I can’t sleep at night, I count books. To see what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I someday hope to read, connect with me on Goodreads. Although I listen to audio books in the car and sometimes read novels using the Kindle app on my phone, I still prefer paper books that I can hold in my hands, bookmark with sticky notes, and accidentally sprinkle with coffee and spaghetti sauce. Those are always the best.

Photo by Kelley Fontenot Photography

Photo by Kelley Fontenot Photography

If I’m being honest about my hobbies, I should probably add vacuuming to the list. I live with a husband, three cats, and a dog. I know that “Into each life a little rain must fall,” but in my life, the rain is mostly made of pet hair and it’s more like a monsoon. I spend a lot of time just trying not to drown. I just tell myself that leaving the house without at least a little bit of cat hair on my clothes is bad luck.

Thank you for stopping by. I love hearing from people and try to respond to all comments and emails, so feel free to contact me:

Email: cariejuettner[at]gmail[dot]com

Twitter: @cariejuettner

Facebook: CarieJuettnerWriter

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Five Fun Facts about Carie Juettner:

  1. I was born on Halloween. People tell me that explains a lot.
  2. I have spatial sequence synesthesia, which means that I see the IMGdays of the week, the months of the year, and number lines as occupying a physical space. You can read more about this form of synesthesia here.
  3. I have read The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, forty-three times. I have entire sections of the book memorized.
  4. When I was in the seventh grade, a tarantula fell on my shoulder. His presence was unexpected and unwelcome and resulted in his death, which I now regret. These days, I love all animals and insects, even the creepy ones.
  5. I love mail, poetry, and stickers. But what I really love is when they all come together. If you send me an email with the subject “SEND ME SOME SNAIL MAIL POETRY” and include your name and a physical address or P.O. box, I will send you a random poem, in the mail, decorated with stickers. Think I’m kidding? Try me.


  1. Hi Carie,
    I just wanted to let you know about a poetry contest the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is hosting as part of our Stand Up For Safe Families Paddle Parade event!

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