Union Station Magazine teases readers with a sample of STARVE THE VULTURE


With copies of Jason Carney’s STARVE THE VULTURE lining bookshelves across the country, Union Station Magazine decided to give its readers a taste of Carney’s enthralling memoir.

Two excerpts from the book, “Show Tunes and Hate Crimes: 1997,” and “Faith without works: 2005” are now available on the magazine’s website, which describes itself as having a distinct urban aesthetic with a mission to be inclusive and reconcile multiple narratives, images, and voices that are defining the changing landscape.

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LitReactor Review: Enthralling passages make STARVE THE VULTURE a real page turner


LitReactor, a website dedicated to serving as a destination for writers and readers, published a review of Jason Carney’s memoir, STARVE THE VULTURE.

Keith Rawson presented an interesting twist to the traditional book review in his “Bookshots” column, speculating on an alternate title for the memoir, saying what movie star should play the main character, and even listing his favorite sentence from the book.

He said that “thanks to Carney’s long career as a poet, there are some truly beautiful, enthralling passages that make the book a real page turner. So, before you inwardly moan about not being interested in reading a book about the adventures of yet another addict, really rethink your attitude and give STARVE THE VULTURE a try.”

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Jason Carney releases 2015 book tour dates for STARVE THE VULTURE


Jason Carney, author of the stirring memoir STARVE THE VULTURE, will make book tour appearances in January 2015. It will begin with a reading for students and faculty at Wilkes University’s MA/MFA in Creative Writing Program and continue throughout the rest of the month.

1/8 Wilkes University
1/12 Bar 13 NYC
1/13 Urbana NYC
1/19 Penn College of Technology
1/20 North Hampton Mass
1/21 Cantab Boston Mass
1/22 Slam Free or Die Manchester, NH
1/25 Lizard Lounge Boston Mass
1/26 Dirty Gerund Worchester, Mass
1/27 Port Veritas, Portland, Maine

Don’t miss one of Jason Carney’s dynamic readings of STARVE THE VULTURE. Purchase a copy of the book at an event, Amazon.com, or from the Kaylie Jones Books Catalog!

Huffington Post interviewed Jason Carney about STARVE THE VULTURE


With only one month left until STARVE THE VULTURE is officially released, author Jason Carney sat down to talk with Loren Kleinman from the Huffington Post in an interview about how he came up with the unique name for the memoir, overcoming the cycle of abuse, and how poetry ultimately saved him.

STARVE THE VULTURE has been described as: “A lyrical, mesmerizing debut from Jason Carney who overcomes his own racism, homophobia, drug addiction, and harrowing brushes with death to find redemption and unlikely fame on the national performance poetry circuit. Woven into Carney’s path to recovery is a powerful family story, depicting the roots of prejudice and dysfunction through several generations.”

Interested in getting a copy? Check out STARVE THE VULTURE in Akashic’s Catalog of Books.


Kirkus Reviews: Carney persevered in memoir, STARVE THE VULTURE


A reader from Kirkus Reviews posted this review of Jason Carney’s STARVE THE VULTURE:

“National Poetry Slam finalist Carney’s memoir of his troubled upbringing, drug addiction and eventual grace. Addicts often refer to a moment of epiphany, when, at their lowest point, they experience a feeling of clarity that puts their disease into perspective. The author vividly describes his moment as a fortuitous brush with death, when, after bingeing on crack, he was driving with a prostitute and a car careened out of control, almost crashing into him at high speed. Dazed, Carney helped the other driver and noticed a crack pipe in his pocket. That man, tossed from his vehicle but seemingly unhurt, could have been him. So begins Carney’s tale of redemption, which is told through time-traveling vignettes that alternate between his fraught childhood and adolescence and the manic, drug-addled events immediately leading to his moment of ‘grace.’ There is a sense of self-indulgence in Carney’s recollections of his lurid self-destruction, but his memory serves to contrast the extremes of his depravity with a newfound meaning in life. If addicts need an excuse to justify their excess, Jason Carney’s list would probably dwarf most. Growing up, his family life was classically dysfunctional. He had a teenage mother and abusive father and teenage years of delinquency, homophobia and criminal apprenticeship. Behind all that, however, was a love of words and reading. Carney even fondly recalls his first encounter with poetry in which he smuggled a book out of the school library after checkout time had ended, later thinking after his first marriage ended after nine months, the ‘only relationship I believed I needed was with poetry.’ His dedication to poetry would lead him to four National Poetry Slam finals and speaking gigs at colleges to decry the types of bigotry and hate that had led him astray. Carney will easily win sympathy for his life, in which he has persevered to show others the hard work of his salvation.”

A Memoir
Author: Jason Carney

Publisher:Kaylie Jones/Akashic
Pages: 300
Price ( Paperback ): $15.95
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-1-61775-301-5
Category: Nonfiction

Jason Carney’s STARVE THE VULTURE reviewed by Booklist



Mark Eleveld from Booklist posted a glowing review of Jason Carney’s STARVE THE VULTURE, released by Kaylie Jones Books in January 2015. In his review he wrote:

“Carney has been a finalist in National Poetry Slam four times, was honored as a Legend of the Slam, and appeared on several seasons of HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. A gruff Texan who loves his mother, he performs his endearing poems with intensity and agility. For Carney, poetry is redemption, a way out of his rough life of contending with addictions of various kinds, homophobia, and racism. He recounts his journey to poetry and his work as an educator in this memoir, his first major piece of published writing, which opens in the midst of a storm of trouble escalated by a car crash. ‘This is the moment I saw on the horizon my whole drugged out life.’ Carney follows a circuitous path to sobriety and sanity that includes his first poetry reading as well as interludes in drug dens, porn shops, and wild parties and, finally, stepping on stage in front of TV cameras. Sheepishly naïve, jaunty, frank, and compelling, Carney shares his instructive story with generosity and insight.”

Issue: November 1, 2014
Starve the Vulture.
Carney, Jason (Author)
Jan 2015. Akashic/Kaylie Jones, paperback, $15.95. (9781617753015). 811.