John Carter




John Carter is a current student in the MFA in Creative Writing and Environment program and Midwestern to his bones. Born, raised, and educated in East-Central Indiana, he received both his BA and MA in Creative Writing from Ball State University where he also taught, both as a graduate assistant and later as a contract faculty member.

His writing is primarily influenced by his experiences as the fifth generation to live and work on his family’s Indiana farm and aspects of the Midwestern Gothic genre. His work focuses on using creative writing to help others see the beauty he sees in the rural American Midwest, haunted by its empty cornfields, skeletal barns, and collapsing homesteads. More information about him and his work can be found at his website ( ) or by following him on Twitter (@jekcarter).