Sarah McCartt-Jackson


Author's Bio

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.

Publications & Prizes

Stonelight (Airlie Press, 2018)
Vein of Stone (Porkbelly Press, 2014)
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The Potomac Review
Tidal Basin Review
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  • Acadia National Park, Artist-in-Residence, Winter Harbor, ME (2021)
  • Homestead National Historical Park, Beatrice, NE (2021)
  • Phillip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award, University of University of Central Arkansas Writers MFA Workshop, for Stonelight (2020)
  • Money for Women / Barbara Deming Memorial Award for Poetry (2019)
  • Weatherford Award in Poetry, Berea College + Appalachian Studies Association, for Stonelight (2019)
  • Catoctin Mountain National Park Artist-in-Residence, Thurmont, MD  (2019)
  • Mineral Point Poetry Series Selection, Brain Mill Press, for Calf Canyon, selected by Kiki Petrosino (2018)
  • Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship, Kentucky Arts Council (2016)
  • Mary Ballard Poetry Prize Winner, Casey Shay Press, for Children Born on the Wrong Side of the River (2015)
  • Artist Enrichment Grant, Kentucky Foundation for Women (2015)
  • Emerging Artist Award, Kentucky Arts Council (2015)
  • Spring Creek Project Collaborative Artist Residency at Shotpouch Cabin (with performance artist Melissa McCartt-Smyth), Oregon State University, Burnt Woods, OR (2015)
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park Artist-in-Residence, Elkmont, TN (2014-2015)
  • Postgraduate Scholarship, Kentucky Women Writers Conference (2013)

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Lexington, KY
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Last update: Jul 24, 2021