Sarah McCartt-Jackson


Louisville, KY 40217

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)
Prizes won: 

Artist-in-Residence–Great Smoky Mountains National Park (2014–2015), The Writers’ Workshop at Asheville Poetry Contest Honorable Mention, SQecial Media Picture Poem Contest First Prize, Hopscotch House Residency–Kentucky Foundation for Women, Kentucky Women Writers Board of Advisors Nominee, Vermont Studio Center Residency Scholarship, Kentucky Women Writers Conference Postgraduate Scholarship, Betty Gabehart Prize in Poetry Honorable Mention, Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance Fellowship, Vernacular Architecture Forum Ambassador Award, Kentucky Folklife Archives Award–Kentucky Folklife Program, Western Kentucky University Graduate Research Assistantship, Tidal Basin Review Inaugural Poetry Series Center Feature Poet, NANO Fiction Contest Finalist, Still: The Journal Poetry Contest Finalist, Friends of Acadia Poetry Contest Second Prize and Honorable Mention, Copper Nickel Poetry Contest Finalist, RopeWalk Writers Retreat Scholarship, Academy of American Poets University Poetry Prize-Second Place, Southern Illinois University Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Eastern Kentucky University Founder’s Scholarship

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Lexington, KY
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Last update: Sep 13, 2018