John McCarthy is the author of Scared Violent like Horses (forthcoming, Milkweed Editions, 2019), which was selected by Victoria Chang as the winner of the 2017 Jake Adam York Prize. John 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.
His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Jabberwock Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, the minnesota review, RHINO, Redivider, Salamander, Sycamore Review, Zone 3, and in anthologies such as New Poetry from the Midwest 2017. John 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 Croatia, Iceland, and France. Originally from Central Illinois, John moved to Southern Illinois for three years before moving to the Greater Chicago Area where he currently resides.