Justin Hunt


Charlotte, NC

Author's Bio

JUSTIN HUNT grew up in rural Kansas and lives in Charlotte, NC. In 2012, he retired from a long international business career in order to write poetry and memoir. His work has won several awards and been published by numerous journals, anthologies and literary-prize websites, including Five Points, Michigan Quarterly Review, The Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, New Ohio Review, The Bridport Prize Anthology (U.K.), The Strokestown Poetry Anthology (Ireland), Southword (Ireland), The Live Canon Anthology (U.K.), Arts & Letters, The Atlanta Review, The Florida Review and Crosswinds Poetry Journal, among others. Hunt's memoir, "Dominoes Are Played at Joe's Place" (working title), probes his relationship with his late father, who was born in 1897 to Kansas pioneers. Justin is currently working on a full-length poetry collection. 

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies: ,
Pinesong (North Carolina Poetry Society, 2013)
What Matters (Jacar Press, 2013)
Prizes won: 

First Prize in Poetry, Porter Fleming Literary Competition, 2021; Long List, National Poetry Competition, The Poetry Society (U.K.), 2020; Highly Commended, Bridport Prize for Poetry (U.K.), 2020; 2nd Place, Strokestown International Poetry Prize (Ireland), 2020; Honorable Mention, Crosswinds Poetry Contest, 2020; Short List, Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Competition (Ireland), 2019; Finalist, NORward Prize for Poetry, New Ohio Review, 2019; Finalist, William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Narrative Nonfiction Book Category), 2018; Finalist, Rumi Prize for Poetry, Arts & Letters, 2018; Finalist, Nonfiction Award, American Literary Review, 2017; Honorable Mention, Robinson Jeffers Tor House Prize for Poetry, 2017;  International Merit Award, The Atlanta Review, 2017;  Finalist, Knightville Poetry Contest, The New Guard Literary Review, 2017; Finalist, Poet Laureate Award, North Carolina Poetry Society, 2017; Finalist, Dana Award in Poetry, 2016; International Publication Prizes, The Atlanta Review, 2015 and 2016; Finalist, Dogwood Literary Prize, 2016; Honorable Mention, Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, WinningWriters.com, 2015; 1st Runner Up, Editors’ Prize, Spoon River Poetry Review, 2015; 1st Place, Whispering Prairie Press Poetry Prize, Kansas City Voices, 2015; 2nd Prize, Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, Comstock Review, 2015; 2nd Place, Bacopa Poetry Contest, Bacopa Literary Review, 2015

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
B.H. Fairchild, Brian Turner, Charles Wright, Ivan Doig, Marion Gräfin von Dönhoff, Hans Graf von Lehndorff, Laurie Lee, Erich Maria Remarque, Bernhard Schlink
What I'm reading now: 
Poems of R.S. Thomas by R.S. Thomas, I Burned at the Feast by Arseny Tarkovsky, Running in the Family by Michael Ondaatje, The Blue Buick by B.H. Fairchild, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

More Information

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Fluent in: 
German, Spanish
Born in: 
Wichita, KS
Raised in: 
Conway Springs, KS
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Last update: Jun 02, 2021