Carol Howard is Dean of the Faculty at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. She has been a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville since 2006. She and her husband, Michael Matin, live in nearby Black Mountain, with their two daughters.
Carol writes on early British women's literary biography, which was also the topic of her Ph. D. thesis in English at Columbia. She has co-edited two volumes in Scribners' British Writers series, and she wrote the introduction and notes for the Barnes and Noble Classics edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
She has recently partnered with the Black Mountain Community Garden, which donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce annually to local food pantries. Her community engagement course, Gardens and the Literary Imagination, has led to her writing a monthly column, "The Literary Gardener," in The Laurel of Asheville, a regional magazine on arts and culture.