Kentucky poet, naturalist, and folklorist Sarah McCartt-Jackson has spent decades developing her craft, dedicating her art to exploring the natural and cultural world that encompasses all who share in planet life. Her poetry inspires others to connect, reflect, meditate, and act for the future of our ecosystems of all sizes: valley, prairie, forest, fern. Her poetry interprets scapes (landscape, homescape, culturescape) in both traditional and contemporary ways, exploring biological and cultural diversity, cultural history as embodied in tangible and intangible resources, and profound experience rooted in pleasure, sanctuary, and wilderness.
In recognition of artistic excellence, Sarah McCartt-Jackson is the recipient of an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. She also served as an artist-in-residence for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for its 2014-2015 season.
Her poetry book Stonelight, winner of the 2017 Airlie Prize, is forthcoming from Airlie Press (Oregon). Her poetry chapbooks include Calf Canyon (forthcoming from Brain Mill Press), Vein of Stone (Porkbelly Press, 2014), and Children Born on the Wrong Side of the River (Casey Shay Press, 2015). She is owner and founder of Stonelight Studio, home of Apple Cider Vinegar Press. Read some poems here. Find her newest collection here. Click here to contact her for classroom presentations, intensive workshops, individual consultations, readings, and appearances.