Patrick Carrington: Poetry Editor

Patrick Carrington was born and raised in New York City. He has lived, or at least slept and caused a modicum of trouble, in all 5 boroughs. He lives now on a beach in southern New Jersey with his wife, where sheriffs and taxmen either can’t find him or have decided he isn’t worth the effort. They have a son and boatload of daughters roaming the shoreline somewhere.

He made a living catching fish, pounding nails, and mixing mayonnaise before deciding teaching creative writing was easier on his hands, though his heart still hooks and hammers. He no longer eats mayonnaise because he knows what’s in it.

He has taught in a variety of settings and levels, behind walls covered in both ivy and graffiti. He appreciates the former but prefers the latter. An ex-student from a Brooklyn ghetto is now a best friend. Students like him made wall-writings read like scripture.

Patrick has been nominated for the 2007 Pushcart Prize. His work can be found in numerous print journals and anthologies, including Rattle, Confrontation Magazine, The Louisville Review, Yemassee, The Roanoke Review, The Aurorean, River Oak Review, Slipstream, The Raintown Review, Epicenter, Sierra Nevada Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Timber Creek Review, Red Rock Review, The Comstock Review, Edgz, Flint Hills Review, The Fourth River, Concho River Review and Ibbotsen Street.

He has poetry forthcoming in The Evansville Review, The New York Quarterly, Poetry Southeast, The Potomac Review, The Eleventh Muse, Painted Bride Quartery, The George Washington Review, The Marlboro Review, Paterson Literary Review, Quercus Review, Rosebud Magazine, Poetry International, The Pacific Review, Snow Monkey, Powhatan Review and others. Some of the links to his on-line poetry are below.


Patrick Carrington: Winner of the Codhill Press Chapbook Award

Patrick’s book-length collection, Rise, Fall, and Acceptance, was released in December 2006 and can be ordered at the Main Street Rag bookstore.

Book Reviews by:
Charles Ries

David Fraser

Doug Holder

Tom Conroy


Links to Patrick Carrington’s poetry:

Cherry Bleeds


WHL Review

Artistry of Life

Slow Trains

Kennesaw Review

Frigg Magazine

Blue Fifth Review

Poetry Southeast

Rock Salt Plum

Poetry Kit

Word Riot




New Hampshire Review

Cezanne’s Carrot

Wild Goose

The Centrifugal Eye

Hiss Quarterly


Slow Trains

A Little Poetry

Scorched Earth Publishing



True Poet Mag


DMQ Review

Artistry of Life 

Adagio Verse Quarterly


Ghoti Mag



DMQ Review

Circle Mag

Pedestal Mag

3rd Muse

Slow Trains




Facets Mag


thieves jargon

Clean Sheets



  1. dorothy said,

    September 27, 2006 at 7:31 pm

    this is a beautiful page

  2. jkvanburen said,

    September 27, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for visiting 🙂

  3. Eddie Dowe said,

    December 21, 2006 at 2:27 am

    Great work! Hey, I submitted a few poems but did not receive the annoying request to prove I was human. Just checking to make sure it was received. Thanks.

  4. elaine starkman said,

    February 4, 2007 at 3:19 am

    fell upon & into your poetry. Wow! Truly original!
    ES. Walnut Creek, CA

  5. jkvanburen said,

    February 12, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    Hi Eddie!

    Thanks for leaving your comment– we appreciate your visit!

    You may always check in with me at with any questions.

    Thanks for your submission!


  6. Patrick Carrington said,

    February 14, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Elaine. And for stopping by Mannequin.

    You too way up, Dorothy.


  7. Jamie Lee said,

    September 11, 2007 at 5:01 am

    I have been fortunate enough to have been taught by Mr. Carrington, who truly is an amazing and inspiring individual. As you can see, his work is absolutly beautiful and has a style of its own. I look forward to reading more of his genious work. =)

  8. Alexandre said,

    December 19, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Patrick,

    There’s magic in words when
    swallowed by their endings.
    It’s the last bite leaving an enduring
    taste and your choice of servings
    for this Winter is exquisite.

    Just thought I’d let you know while
    accompanying them with my best
    wishes for this holiday season.

    I’ve become aware that Christmas has
    become a poo word since there are
    rumors to take Christ out of Xmas
    and the Ho out of the Hohoho!


  9. February 17, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Hello Mr. Carrington

    It has been some time since we have last spoke. I would say at least 6 years. I was a very troublesome child when we met,and now I am in college with a 3.8 GPA majoring in History/ Education, and a Minor in English. I hope by my name you remember me and are able to write back.

  10. elena jones said,

    March 31, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    dear mr. carrington there’s been a huge screw-up with yahoo and i dont know if you’ve recieved a plethora of my submissions or none as the case may be. i want to let you know if you’ve been bombarded with my 3 poems’ i’m sorry and i do hope you recieved at least one of my insane compositions. with my most thundering apologys_if necessary-
    elena jones

  11. April 9, 2008 at 1:44 am

    […] in the smaller journals like Cairn and the Pacific Review the Willow Review and the like. Patrick Carrington, Sean Kilpatrick, Jonathon Wells, Emma Bolden, Geof Hewitt, Gary Nowacki, and Marilyn Ringer. This, […]

  12. elena jones said,

    July 7, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    dear patrick, last march i sent three poems for your consideration.
    you emailed back and said that the poems for the spring issue had already been selected, but you would consider mine during the next reading period. since then i have reedited my poems Thngs Lost, Within a Dreaming Shapeshifter, and The Guitar Player and would like
    to know if i could send the new ones to you, puuullleeeaaasse.
    your humble poet elena how many poems can one send?

  13. Brent Pallas said,

    September 1, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Loved your poem in Slipstream, OUR LADY OF REGRETS. Very nice. Bad photo though.

  14. Kit Kennedy said,

    January 13, 2010 at 3:18 am

    I’ll miss Mannequin Envy. My poems and I are most appreciative of M.E.
    as our portal into online journals. A personal thank you for your kindness.
    All the best with your writing and life in general. Peace & Poetry, Kit

  15. September 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    Nice changes. Any chance I can get a copy of Spring 2007?

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    Many of the poems seem so wrapped in grief that it’s hard to get beyond the emotional wash.

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