Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey (Poetry) | Macnhester, MA

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Kevin Carey is the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. He has published three books – a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People (Red Bird Chapbooks) and two books of poetry from CavanKerry Press, The One Fifteen to Penn Station and Jesus Was a Homeboy which was selected as an Honor Book for the 2017 Paterson Poetry Prize. Kevin is also a filmmaker and playwright. His latest documentary film, Unburying Malcolm Miller, about a deceased Salem, MA poet, premiered at the Mass Poetry Festival in 2016. His new stage play The Stand or Sal is Dead, a murder mystery comedy, opened in Newburyport, MA. at The Actor’s Studio on June 21st – 24th 2018. Kevin’s fiction has recently appeared in Automata and The Evening Street Review. A new collection of poems Set in Stone is forthcoming in May of 2020.


Set in Stone (CavanKerry Press, 2020). Poetry.

Jesus Was a Homeboy (CavanKerry Press, 2016). Poetry.

The One Fifteen to Penn Station (CavanKerry Press, 2012). Poetry.


  • The Beach People (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press, & Reviews

“If it hadn’t been official before, it’s official now: as soon as Garrison Keillor of NPR’s Writer’s Almanac recited “Reading to my kids” from the just-published collection, Jesus Was a Homeboy, we knew that its author Kevin Carey, my one-time graduate student, now friend and artistic colleague, had made a permanent spot for himself on the nation’s literary map. It’s more than Garrison Keillor. Carey just enjoyed the spotlight at the Dodge Poetry Festival, and he’s on the program of the upcoming AWP convention in Washington, D.C.”
The Brooklyn Rail
“From reading the works of Carey I am well aware that he always has a knack for setting. William Carlos Williams had Paterson, N.J., Carl Sandburg had Chicago, Ferlinghetti has San Francisco , but Carey has Revere. And as the reader discovers that Carey is intimately acquainted with the metaphorical night, he is equally enamored with a Revere Beach summer night.”
—Doug Holder
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