J.T. Whitehead

J.T. Whitehead has spent time between, during, and after schools on a grounds crew, as a pub cook, a delivery man, a book shop clerk, and a liquor store clerk, inspiring four years as a labor lawyer on the workers’ side. Whitehead was Editor in Chief of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, briefly, for just five issues: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6. He is a one-time Pushcart Prize-nominated short story author (2011), a seven-time Pushcart Prize-nominated poet (2015, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), and was the winner of the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize (2015). Whitehead has published over 325 poems and prose works in over 125 literary journals and small press publications, including The Lilliput ReviewOutsiderSlipstreamLeft CurveThe Broadkill Review, The Iconoclast, and Gargoyle. His first full-length collection of poetry, The Table of the Elements, was nominated for the National Book Award in 2015. Whitehead now practices law by day and poetry by night and lives in Indianapolis with his two sons, Daniel and Joseph.