About the Author

John McCarthy is the author of Scared Violent like Horses (Milkweed Editions, 2019), which was selected by Victoria Chang as the winner of the Jake Adam York Prize. He is also the author of one previous poetry collection, Ghost County (Midwestern Gothic Press, 2016), which was named a Best Poetry Book of 2016 by The Chicago Review of Books.

Additionally, he was the 2016 winner of The Pinch Literary Award in Poetry, and his work has been featured on Poetry Daily. In 2019, The Chicago Guild Literary Complex, in honor of their 30th anniversary, named John one of “30 Writers to Watch.”

John’s work has appeared in American Literary ReviewColumbia Poetry ReviewCopper NickelDecemberFifth Wednesday, Hayden’s Ferry ReviewHobart, Jabberwock ReviewThe Minnesota Review
New Ohio Review, New South, Passages North, RHINORedivider, SalamanderSycamore Review, TriQuarterly, Tupelo Quarterly, Zone 3, and in anthologies such as New Poetry from the Midwest 2017, as well as Best New Poets 2015, which he was selected for by the former U.S. Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith.

John holds a BA in Writing and Publishing from Benedictine University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has received writing residencies from creative centers in Croatia, Iceland, and France. He is an Associate Editor at RHINO Magazine and Quiddity International Literary Journal. Originally from Central Illinois, John moved to Southern Illinois for three years before moving to the Greater Chicago Area where he currently resides.