We are excited to announce that Jared Beloff (poetry) and Carrie Esposito (fiction) have joined the team at The Weight Journal ! What better way to welcome them than by sending us your submissions?
Jared has been writing poetry since high school but never managed to take an actual class on it; he’s in love with it all the same. Along with several other degrees for English, Teaching and Education Administration, Jared has an MA in Literature from Johns Hopkins University. He has been teaching English in kindergarten, middle school, high school and community college ever since. He is the author of a full length collection of poetry on climate change Who Will Cradle Your Head (ELJ Editions 2023), the editor of the Marvel comics inspired poetry anthology, Marvelous Verses (Daily Drunk, 2021) and co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Poets of Queens (Olena Jennings, 2024). His favorite poets are Ilya Kaminsky, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Ross Gay, Diane Seuss and Victoria Chang. Jared lives in Queens, NY with his wife and two daughters.
Carrie is a fiction writer and sometimes poet/essayist who lives north of New York City. She misses the mountains of Colorado where she spent ten years writing and raising her three daughters. Carrie began writing before she ever brought pen to paper, forming stories in her mind just as her youngest child does now. She remembers writing a book with her best friend in fifth grade during recess. In college, she chose to study English Education because she is passionate about bringing her love of reading and writing to young people. She has been an English teacher, Literacy Coach, and Assistant Principal in the NYC schools and she is now an Education Consultant, coaching teachers and school leaders while meeting exceptionally lovely students in classrooms across the city. She has work published in The Georgia Review, Literary Mama, Ruminate Magazine and elsewhere. Her favorite novelists are Zadie Smith, Ann Patchett and Jhumpa Lahiri. You can find her and her work at carrieesposito.com.