Carl Wooton has been writing and teaching for more than fifty years. His fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in various journals and literary reviews. His fiction is in The Hudson Review), Literary Review, Blue Lake Review, Green Briar Review, Sun Dog, Forum, Ball State University Forum, Cayuhoga Review, Georgia Review, Crow’s Nest, Slackwater Review, Revue de Louisiane, Laurel Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Chatauqua Literary Review, and in the anthology Take a Mind Walk. In 1990, he co-authored Ernest Gaines: Conversations on the Writer’s Craft, with Marcia Gaudet (LSU Press). He retired in 1993, after teaching for twenty-eight years at University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He moved to California’s central coast and taught twenty more years at Cal Poly State Univesity in San Luis Obispo until June, 2013. At 83 years old, he still writes and is working on two novellas, a collection (maybe two) of stories, and a novel in whatever amount of energy and time he is allowed. To paraphrase (badly) Achilles, Life is hard, but any part of it is a damned sight better than the alternative.
He lives with his wife, Dolores, in Nipomo, California.