Carling McManus

Carling McManus is a queer poet whose work appears in Pleiades, Best New Poets, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Meridian, and Moist Poetry Journal. Winner of several poetry contests including Carve Magazine, Pigeon Pages, and Southeast Review, their writing has been recognized with fellowships, scholarships, and grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Rona Jaffe Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. A survivor of conversion therapy, Carling is an outspoken LGBTQ advocate who lives and works in West Virginia. Find more poems at