Dorthy LaVern McCarthy was born in Gilmer, Texas, and later moved to Wichita Falls, Texas. She began writing poetry at age ten, and since then, her poetry has won more than five hundred state awards and twenty-five national awards. She has written five books and has also been published in numerous poetry publications, state anthologies, and newspaper columns.
McCarthy is a member of the Poetry Society of Texas, Poetry Society of Oklahoma, Austin Poetry Society, Poets Roundtable of Arkansas, and League of Minnesota Poets. She holds a technical degree from Draughan Training Center in Wichita Falls. McCarthy has been married twice and has eight children and stepchildren. She currently resides in Blair, Oklahoma.
More information about Dorthy LaVern McCarthy can be found in the Dorthy LaVern McCarthy papers at The Texas Collection.