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Terry McCarty was born on July 31, 1959 in Electra, Texas. He moved to Southern California in 1988. From 1988 to 1997, he worked as a background actor and occasional
stand-in for actors including Joe Pesci (THE PUBLIC EYE, LETHAL WEAPON 3,
and JIMMY HOLLYWOOD) and Wallace Shawn (HOUSE ARREST).
Terry began writing poetry in the summer of 1997. From 1998
to 1999, he was a member of the Midnight Special Bookstore poetry workshop in
Santa Monica. He has been a featured poet in several Southern California venues.
Terry has also featured at readings in Las Vegas, NV, San Francisco, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, Berkeley, CA and Seattle, WA.
Terry has also appeared in Lynda and Lisa LaRose’s THE POETRY SPIRAL
at Luna Sol Café (Los Angeles), Roni Walter’s BAKSTREEET COMETRI
at the Comedy Store (West Hollywood), Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts (The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles) and
the Austin International Poetry Festival (Austin, TX).
Terry McCarty is the author of several chapbooks containing poems
which blend humor with occasional
social and/or political commentary: HOLLYWOOD POETRY, USE YOUR DELUSION, WICHITA FALLS and two volumes of GREATEST HITS.
Recent chapbooks include IMPERFECTIONIST, [insert clever title here]and INTERLOPER.
In addition, Terry’s poem “Icarus’ Itinerary can be found in Tebot Bach’s 2003 anthology
of California poetry SO LUMINOUS THE WILDFLOWERS (for sale through
Amazon.com). He also appears in the anthology THE LONG WAY HOME: THE BEST OF THE LITTLE RED BOOKS SERIES (Lummox Press)