Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Jalayna Carter (Seattle) is a storyteller from St. Louis, Missouri. She studied literature and journalism in the Midwest and developed an interest in interdisciplinary media. As a 2018 Jack Straw Writers fellow she explores experimental forms and trends in poetry. She’s had pieces published by Third Point Press, Reality Beach, and Puerto Del Sol as well as in two anthologies, Black Lives Have Always Mattered by 2Leaf Press and the 2018 Jack Straw Writers Anthology. Connect with her and her work at

Jalayna recieved 2018 GAP Award funding for her visual poem collection, Cicada My Spirit. It is an extension of the poetry manuscript, Cicada, which uses the tenets of mythology and dystopias to reflect on dysfunction within interpersonal relationships and the equally brutal and bewitching attachments we develop.

Artist Trust thanks the Amazon Literary Partnership for underwriting this award through Artist Trust’s Corporate Partnership program. For information about supporting Washington State artists, visit here.

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From the Artist

My artwork keeps me sane, helps me understand the world better and makes me a better asset to my community. I hope that it helps others do the same but without assistance like this it's cost-prohibitive.

Jalayna Carter