J.A. Carter-Winward

J.A. Carter-Winward

J.A. Carter-Winward is the author of four novels: "Falling Back to Earth: A Novel," (2017); "Grind: A Novel." (2015); "TDTM" (2014); "The Rub," (2012), and two short story collections, "Shorts: A Collection," (2013), and "The Bus Stops Here and Other Stories" (2018). An award-winning poet, her poetry trilogy: "No Apologies," (2013), "No Secrets," (2014), and "No Regrets," (2015), contains genre-defying, convention-bending pieces that take the reader down class-5 rapids of emotion. Carter-Winward is also the author of a stage play, "The Waiters," (produced in 2014, Ogden, Utah), a one-act play that addresses romantic relationships, and the impact technology has had on the pursuit, and preservation, of intimacy in the Digital Age. A dynamic and engaging public speaker, Carter-Winward is at home in front of any audience, large or small. Whether she’s on stage reciting live poetry or monologues, lecturing in a classroom, or speaking at a podium in an academic, community, cultural, or political setting, Carter-Winward captures her audience with her energetic performance, as well as the power of her words. In her spare time, J.A. is a visual artist (her paintings and photography have appeared in several galleries throughout Utah), and a musician. Her music reflects her writing tone: songs that are part-performance poetry, part-comedy, crass, sincere, evocative, and heartbreaking. A passionate social and political activist, J.A. confronts complex issues with a raw, powerful precision, blending personal experience and universal human experience with honesty and courage. Her writing explores the human condition with compassion and empathy; profanity and reverence; humor, severity, and an unparalleled ferocity. Called “one of today’s bravest voices in contemporary literature,” and “one of the best working poets in America today,” Carter-Winward continues to challenge, enrich, provoke, heal, and chronicle the vast spectrum of human emotion in her inimitable, yet multi-faceted voice. Her screenplay, written and produced by Carter-Winward for a local congressional candidate, (“Mom, Dad…I’m a Democrat,”) appeared on MSNBC’s "The Lawrence O’Donnell Show" after the video went viral within two hours. In 2013, "The Rub" was nominated for the “Utah Book Award” by the Utah Arts and Humanities Council. Her poetry collection, "No Apologies" was voted “Best Poetry Collection” in the City Weekly Arty Awards in 2014, and in that same year, Carter-Winward was awarded “Best Local Artist” in the Indie Ogden Awards. In 2015 her novel, "Grind" was selected by IndieReader.com as one of the “Top Five Literary Novels” of the year published by an independent press. Her work has appeared in the following publications: "We Will Be Shelter:" an anthology edited by Andrea Gibson, published by Write Bloody Publishing; "HSTQ: Spring 2017," and "Winter 2017" editions (as the featured poet in the Winter edition, her controversial poem, “Natural Enemy” is both brutal, and wickedly defiant); "Desert Wanderings Literary Journal," and two online publications on Medium.com: "Poets Unlimited," and "Mormondom." Carter-Winward’s books are available in all formats: paperback, e-book, and selected titles currently available on Audible, with more to come. J.A. Carter-Winward began writing professionally when she realized everything else was a waste of time. She lives and writes in the mountains of Northern Utah. Find the latest news and releases on her official author website: www.jacarterwinward.com Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Medium, and GoodReads.

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