Scared Violent like Horses (Forthcoming, Milkweed Editions, 2019)

Ghost County (MG Press, 2016)

[Ex]tinguished and [Ex]tinct: An Anthology of Things That No Longer Exist (Editor, Twelve Winters Press, 2014)

Select Poetry

Best New Poets 2015, “Definitions of Body(2015)

Columbia Poetry Review, Vol. 30, “Pie Tins Behind Porch Lights” and “Word Problem”  (2017)

Copper Nickel, Vol. 24, “North End, 1997” (2017)

December, “What I Mean When I Say I Don’t Box Anymore” (Jeff Marks Memorial Prize Finalist, 2016)

Hayden’s Ferry Review, Vol. 61, “Flyover Country” (2018)

Hobart, “Self-Portrait as Home Run Ball” (2017)

The Minnesota Review, Issue 84, “Pickup Truck #5” (2015)

New South, Vol. 10. 1, “Self-Portrait as Psychiatric Ward” (2017)

The Pinch, Vol. 37.1, “Hymn” (Winner of The Pinch 2016 Literary Award in Poetry, 2017)

Redivider, Vol. 13.1, “Daguerrotype” (2015)

Sycamore Review, Vol. 28.1, “Cremation” (2017)

ZiN Daily, “On Fighting” and “Same Old Story,” (2018)

Zone 3, “Baptism,” and “Sometimes I Call The Damage Healing” (2017)


The Chicago Review of Books: “A Love Letter to the Midwest: John McCarthy’s Ghost County”

Fear No Lit: Fail Better: Talking Shop with John McCarthy

Poets & Writers: “John McCarthy Recommends