Carol Hebald graduated from the Drama Department of New York’s High School of Performing Arts. From 1952-64, she played the following roles on the off Broadway stage: Edelgard in the award-winning Equity Library Theatre production of Christa Winsloe's Maedchen In Uniform; Hanako in the American premiere of Yukio Mishima's Hanjo (Anta Matinee Series at Theatre De Lys); and Pegeen Mike in the Irish Players' production of Playboy Of The Western World. On Broadway she played Lucia in The Best House In Naples, and Leah in Jane Eyre.
In 1965 she enrolled as a Freshman at the City College of CUNY, where she studied full time as an English Major. She received her B.A. in 1969: Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with High Honors in English. She was awarded also at CCNY The William Bradley Otis Fellowship (1969), The Elias Lieberman Poetry Award (1969), The Ralph Weinberg Poetry Award (1968), and the Theodore Goodman Short Story Award (1968). A Graduate Assistant in English at the University of Iowa in 1969, she was granted a Teaching and Writing Fellowship in Fiction Writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1970. She received her MFA in 1971. Having taught Creative Writing at the university level for the next thirteen years, she resigned a tenured associate professorship in English at University of Kansas in 1984 to write full time.
In 2005 March Street Press published her full-length poetry collection, Spinster by the Sea. In 2004 March Street Press brought out her poetry chapbook, Little Monologs. In May, 2001 Northeastern University Press published her memoir, The Heart Too Long Suppressed. In 1989 Unicorn Press published her novella collection, Three Blind Mice, for which she received the 1988 McGraw-Hill Pushcart Prize nomination. Her other fiction awards include the 1993-94 HarperCollins nomination for the Editors’ Book Award Pushcart Prize for her unpublished novel, A Warsaw Chronicle.
Her short fiction has appeared in North American Review, New Letters, Cottonwood Review, and Texas Quarterly. Her poems have been anthologized in Little Brown’s Woman, An Issue, Bantam Books Intro II, and Poems From The Hawkeye State (Iowa State University Press). They have appeared also in Pen International, International Poetry Review, Commonweal, Massachusetts Review, The Humanist, North American Review, Antioch Review, Free Inquiry, Ararat, New Letters and Confrontation.
A fellow at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The MacDowell Colony, The Millay Colony, and the Edward Albee Foundation, she has read from her work throughout the United States and Europe.