About

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John McCarthy is the author of Ghost County (MG Press, 2016), which was named a Best Poetry Book of 2016 by The Chicago Review of Books.

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015, Copper Nickel, Redivider, Sycamore Review, and Zone 3. He is the 2016 winner of The Pinch Literary Award in Poetry.

John edited the anthology [Ex]tinguished & [Ex]tinct (Twelve Winters Press, 2014). He is also the Managing Editor of Quiddity International Literary Journal and Public-Radio Program.

John holds a BA in Writing and Publishing from Benedictine University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He has recieved writing residencies from creative centers in Iceland and France. John currently lives in Evanston, Illinois.