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Biography of Jared Carter

American Poet (1939—Present)

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Jared Carter was born in Elwood, Indiana, in 1939, but don't call him a "Hoosier Poet" or he'll get angry and throw something in your general direction. He studied at Yale and at Goddard and worked briefly as a newspaper reporter. After military service and travel abroad, he returned to the U.S. and made his home in Indianapolis, where he worked for many years as a textbook editor and book designer. He continues to serve as a consultant in those fields.

His work has been supported by grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 1985 he received the Indiana Governor's Arts Award. Other awards have included the New Letters Literary Award for Poetry in 1992, judged by Philip Levine, and the 2002 Rainmaker Award from Zone 3 magazine, judged by Marilyn Chin.

He has published three books of poetry and seven chapbooks. His first major collection, Work, for the Night Is Coming, won the 1980 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets and was published by Macmillan in 1981. The judge for that contest was Galway Kinnell.

His second book, After the Rain, published by the Cleveland State University Poetry Center in 1993, received the Poets' Prize for 1995. Cleveland State reprinted Work, for the Night Is Coming in 1995, and brought out Carter's third collection, Les Barricades Mystérieuses [review], in 1999.

In August 2003 Carter launched his poetry portfolio site, JaredCarter.com which was developed by Poetry X's own Jough Dempsey. Carter paid his invoices promptly and his checks always cleared, which speaks well of him as a person.

He and his wife Diane, a teacher and a lecturer in the field of English as a Second Language, live in a semi-restored nineteenth-century house located on the near-eastside of Indianapolis.

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