Carter studied at Yale
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and at Goddard College
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. After military service and travel abroad, he made his home in Indianapolis
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, where he has lived since 1969. He worked for many years as an editor and interior designer of textbooks and scholarly works, first with the Bobbs-Merrill Company
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and later in association with Hackett Publishing Company
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Carter writes in free verse
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and in traditional forms. Much of his early work is set in Mississinewa County, an imaginary place that includes the actual Mississinewa River
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, a tributary of the Wabash River
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. In recent years, as Carter has published increasingly on the web, his poetry has ranged farther afield.
His first collection, Work, for the Night Is Coming
, won the Walt Whitman Award
. His second, After the Rain
, received the Poets' Prize
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. His poems have appeared in literary journals in the U.S. and abroad and in the anthologies
Twentieth-Century American Poetry, Contemporary American Poetry,
and Writing Poems.
He has received two literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts
, a Guggenheim Fellowship
, and the Indiana Governor’s Arts Award
In 2008 Carter's poem "Heart's Forest," which appeared in issue # 38 of Lunch
, received the Rosine Offen Memorial Award
given by the Free Lunch
His poem Prophet Township,
which first appeared in the Valparaiso Poetry Review,
was selected as one of the best poems published online during 2007. It is included in the print anthology Best of the Web 2008
published by Dzanc Books.
Carter’s tanka sequence, “A Country Visit,”
first published in Simply Haiku,
was selected for Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka.
published in 2009 by Modern English Tanka Press.
- Deines, Timothy J. The Gleaning: Regionalism, Form, and Theme in the Poetry of Jared Carter.” Master’s thesis, Cleveland State University, 1998.
- “Jared Carter.” Contemporary Authors . Vol. 145, pp. 75–76. Detroit: Gale Research, 1995.
- Ponick, T. L., and Ponick, F. S. “Jared Carter.” Dictionary of Literary Biography. Vol. 282, pp. 31–40. Detroit: Gale Research, 2003.