Living and teaching in Cullowhee, North Carolina, at Western Carolina University, gillsI share quarters with a spouse, two dogs, two cats, and some wild things (mice, birds, insects.)  I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, a more coastal environment but just as rural, and the poems tend to reflect that.  Living in the mountains has taught me to whitewater kayak, keep some backyard bees, split wood, and can a little of my own food.
Currently, I serve as an assistant poetry editor for Cider Press Review and the Jackson County representative for North Carolina Writers Network-West.
LSU Press has published my first two full-length collections of poetry, The Memory of Gills (2006) and The Swamp Monster at Home, with a third, Larvae of the Nearest Stars, due out in 2019.  Jacar Press published my first chapbook, Marks of the Witch, when it won Jacar’s annual chapbook contest, judged by Joseph Millar.  Swamp_Monster_Cover
The Greatest Hits album includes individual poems’ appearances in Orion, Poetry, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry 2009, Cold Mountain Review, Cortland Review, North Carolina Literary Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and a number of other publications edited by kind and generous souls (thanks, you all!)  If you really want to know more, here’s a link to my C.V.. Carter_Creative_CV. MOTW-front-cover-366x500