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Sarah McCartt-Jackson

Sarah McCartt-Jackson

Historic Preservation track, 2nd year graduate student




Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Sarah holds two undergraduate baccalaureate degrees in her concurrent interests, English/Creative Writing and Anthropology/Archaeology, which she earned at Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (where she taught undergraduate composition and creative writing courses for two years), and she expects to graduate with an MA in Folk Studies-Historic Preservation in May 2012 from Western Kentucky University. She has received honors from the Academy of American Poets and from the Kentucky Folklife Archives. Sarah pursued folk studies because the field offered her the chance to combine her duel interests in interesting and new ways.



Sarah is currently the assistant curator for Mammoth Cave National Park where she assists with all curatorial tasks.

For her internship, Sarah worked as the summer graduate assistant project coordinator for the Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project.Read more about her internship here.

After she graduates, Sarah hopes to pursue a PhD in anthropology with a minor in folklore, to get a job with the National Park Service or to work in a museum. Ask her again in seven months!

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Photo by Amanda Hardeman


Fun Factoids:

Sarah and her husband, Bryan Jackson, were married at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky and have been married for three years. They live in Bowling Green, Kentucky with their cat, John Denver. He is a good cat, and a great singer.

In her free time, Sarah loves to hike, backpack, and camp. She taught rock climbing, rappelling, prusiking, and caving for many years. She also continues to write and publish poetry, and she is the poetry editor for a literary magazine.

"My favorite foods are (in this order): bacon, cheese, potatoes, country ham, grapes, and pickles."


Q & A:

If you were given a couple million what would you do with it? "I would buy a goat farm, build a log cabin with my bare hands, and live off the land forever."

If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? "I would be Temperance Brennan."

What did you want to be when you grew up? "I wanted to be an archaeologist, be a creative writing teacher, work for NASA in any capacity, be a writer, and live in a cabin the woods. I have been pretty successful so far--except the NASA thing."



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