Living and teaching in Cullowhee, North Carolina, at Western Carolina University, gillsI share quarters with a spouse, a dog, two cats, and some wild things (mice, birds, insects, weeds.)  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 a poetry editor for Cider Press Review and as 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 fall 2019.  Jacar Press published my first chapbook, Marks of the Witch, when it won Jacar’s annual chapbook contest, judged by Joseph Millar.  My poem “Womb-room” won the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize, judged by Amber Flora Thomas (fan-girl joy), and will be out in North Carolina Literary Review this summer (great magazine–you should totally subscribe even if you hate my work.) Swamp_Monster_Cover
If by some chance you want to know more, here’s a link to my C.V.. Carter_Creative_CVMOTW-front-cover-366x500

And if you’re curious about what kind of things I write–always an awkward question to answer about one’s own work–here’s a place on the blog page where I talk about that.