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Sarah McCartt-Jackson has spent decades developing her craft, dedicating her art to exploring the natural and cultural world that encompasses all who share in planet life. Through poetry, she endeavors to inspire others to connect, reflect, meditate, and act for the future of our ecosystems of all sizes: valley, prairie, forest, fern. As a poet, naturalist, and folklorist, McCartt-Jackson interprets scapes (landscape, homescape, culturescape) in both traditional and contemporary ways. Her poetry allows for enriched understanding for ideas to feather into a central locus, exploring the diversity of biological and cultural life, cultural history as embodied in tangible and intangible resources, and profound experience rooted in pleasure, sanctuary, and wilderness.
Creative Nonfiction Writer
Jim McGarrah is the author of two award-winning books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down (Elixir Press, 2003) and When the Stars Go Dark, (Main Street Rag, 2009), two memoirs, A Temporary Sort of Peace (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007), which received the 2010 Eric Hoffer Award for Legacy Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Montaigne Medal and his newest book of nonfiction, The End of an Era (Ink Brush Press, 2011). He is editor, along with Tom Watson, of the anthology Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2007). McGarrah holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and an MA in Liberal Studies from the University of Southern Indiana.
Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1966, and educated at the Arkansas School for the Blind in Little Rock, Constance Merritt is the author of three collections of poems: A Protocol for Touch (University of North Texas Press, 2000), Blessings and Inclemencies (Louisiana State University Press, 2007), and Two Rooms (Louisiana State University Press, 2009). From 2003 to 2005 she served as the Margaret Banister Writer-in-Residence at Sweet Briar College. She lives in Louisville, KY.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
I am returning to non-scholarly writing after having fallen away for the past several years. Nonfiction is limited to the memoir. My poetry touches on personal issues, and my fiction is pretty much limited to stories about the outdoors that are really not about the outdoors.