This is an old website. Jessie primary works off of other social media sites and lists her books etc on Tumblr. 

Jessie Carty’s writing has appeared in publications such as MARGIE, decomP and Connotation Press. She is the author of seven poetry collections which include the full length collection Practicing Disaster (Kelsay Books, 2014) and her chapbook An Amateur Marriage (Finishing Line, 2012) which was a finalist for the 2011 Robert Watson Prize. Jessie is a former community college and university instructor who now primarily works as a freelancer. 

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  1. Congrats on our (former) NC Poet Laureat’s placing you on her website – so cool! :-) She’s a woderful person – she did a book blurb for Tender Graces, too – I was honored enough she read my book!


    1. Would love to see some of your work, Jim!

      I live in North Charlotte myself :) BTW, an announcement will be going out soon about a new charlotte/meck branch of the NCWN which will be meeting at Borders Northlake so keep your eyes open!


    1. Thanks David! And anyone who reads this and does read David’s project – Young American Poets – DO SO NOW! Link under lit mags and should be available if you click through on Young Poets under David’s avatar :)


  2. So happy I stumbled across you. Interesting post … To Poem or not to Poem… :) Guess my shot at publication is well, shot lol! I have them posted everywhere, but Im sure I need more practice anyway… :(

    im adding you to my blog roll if u dont mind?


  3. Hi Jessie,

    Congrats on your recent win at the NCPA Book Awards, April 30th.
    My first chapbook is going to be published in mid-2012 by Folded Word,
    and I’m really enjoying your blog site.


  4. Hi Jessie,

    Can writers with upcoming chapbook publications post a few poems on your blog for commentary and feedback?



    1. Every Friday I post a “make Friday write” blog where I post one of my poems in progress and others post theirs in comments for discuss. I then take down any poems (or other forms of witting) one week later, but not the comments :)


  5. Hi Jessie,

    I am an inspiring new author trying to get a book review for my book, New Beginnings. I have been doing some research and came across your name. I know you are a very busy lady, but if you are interetsted in reading a great love story please feel free to read my book. I will send it wherever you are.

    Thanks in advance for your time.

    John G. Briscoe


    1. Thanks for stopping by, John. Unfortunately, I’m only doing a limited number of reviews when a publisher sends me a book directly or when it is a book by somoene I’ve worked with before. Sorry about that!


  6. Jessie –

    I came across a sampling of your work online some time ago and recently bought “Fat Girl.” What an accessible and unflinching collection. Well done. I especially liked “Basic Geometry,” “The Summer She Left,” “Fat Girl Swimwear,” “I’m Baking Cookies,” and “To the Fat Girl at the YMCA Pool.” I have since added a few of your other books to my “Wish List” on Amazon.


    1. Wow! Thanks, Corey! It isn’t often I get to hear from readers so I thank you so much for your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the book. It was a challenge, but also a joy to write!


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