John McCarthy is the author of Ghost County (Midwestern Gothic 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, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the minnesota review, Redivider, Sycamore Review, Zone 3, and in anthologies such as New Poetry from the Midwest 2017. He was the 2016 winner of The Pinch Literary Award in Poetry.
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 Iceland and France. John currently lives in the Greater Chicago Area.