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 New Ohio Review, The Strokestown Poetry Anthology (Ireland), Southword (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, 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)
Prizes won: 

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, Ted Kooser, Ivan Doig, Marion Gräfin von Dönhoff, Hans Graf von Lehndorff, Laurie Lee, Alexandra Fuller, Bernhard Schlink
What I'm reading now: 
Opened Ground by Seamus Heaney, In the Sunroom with Raymond Carver by Dannye Romine Powell, The Dream of Reason by Jenny George, Heart Earth by Ivan Doig

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: Jul 07, 2020