John McCarthy is the author of Scared Violent Like Horses (Milkweed Editions, 2019), which won the Jake Adam York Prize. He received his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. John's work has appeared or is forthcoming in 32 Poems, Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets 2015, Copper Nickel, Pleiades, and TriQuarterly. He is the 2016 winner of The Pinch Literary Award in Poetry. John lives in Illinois where he serves as an Associate Editor of RHINO.