Caroline Rothstein


Caroline Rothstein is a New York City-based freelance writer and performer who specializes in spoken word poetry, creative nonfiction, and journalism. She was a member of the 2010 Nuyorican Poets Cafe slam team, which placed second at Poetry Slam International’s National Poetry Slam 2010. Caroline is a proud member of the Intangible Collective, and was both a member of and director for The Excelano Project, a nationally-acclaimed spoken word poetry organization at the University of Pennsylvania. She was the 2004 and 2006 UPenn Grand Slam Champion, is a five-time College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational finalist, and coached the UPenn slam team to CUPSI championships in 2007 and 2009. Upon graduating in 2006, Caroline was honored for her work with an event in her name at the Kelly Writer’s House called “The Caroline Rothstein Annual Oral Poetry Event.”

Caroline has competed, performed, and led workshops at poetry venues, theatres, colleges, universities, high schools, and middle schools around the United States for more than a decade. A longtime activist in eating disorder recovery, she hosts the widely viewed video-blog “Body Empowerment,” sharing her own recovery story as a means to promote positive body image worldwide. As a poet and journalist, Caroline has been published in various literary journals, anthologies, and publications, also self-publishing two books of poetry: This Book Wrote Itself (2009), and What I Learned in College (2006). She has a B.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and an M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.