John McCarthy is the author of Ghost County (MG Press, 2016).

His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015, Copper Nickel, The Minnesota Review, New South, Redivider, and Sycamore Review. 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 currently lives in Carbondale, Illinois where he is a MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University.