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 a number of journals, anthologies and literary-prize websites, including The Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation, The Strokestown Poetry Anthology (Ireland), The Live Canon Anthology (U.K.), Arts & Letters, The Atlanta Review, The Florida Review, Ibbetson Street, WinningWriters.com, South Dakota Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Bacopa Literary Review and Kakalak, 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)
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Atlanta Review
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Comstock Review
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Ibbetson Street
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Spoon River Poetry Review
Prizes won: 

Short List, Strokestown International Poetry Competition (Ireland), 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; Honorable Mention, Oberon Poetry Prize, 2017; Finalist, Poet Laureate Award, North Carolina Poetry Society, 2017; Finalist, Dana Award in Poetry, 2016; Honorable Mention, Kakalak Poetry Prize, 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; Honorable Mention, 6th Annual Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest; 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, Ted Kooser, Ivan Doig, Marion Gräfin von Dönhoff, Hans Graf von Lehndorff, Laurie Lee, Alexandra Fuller, Bernhard Schlink
What I'm reading now: 
Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky, Heartland by Sarah Smarsh, Flying at Night by Ted Kooser

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: Oct 23, 2019