Caitlin McGill is a 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award winner and the 2014 winner of the Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award. Her work has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers’ conference and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and her essays and flash fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Blackbird, Crab Orchard Review, Consequence, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Southeast Review, Vox, War, Literature, & the Arts, and several other magazines. She recently completed a memoir about her family’s hidden past, intergenerational trauma, inherited survival mechanisms, immigration, race, class, addiction, mental illness, war, and the cost of ignoring our histories. One essay from her book was named a Notable in The Best American Essays 2016.
More recently, her essay “Window Curtains” was a finalist in The Chattahoochee Review‘s 2018 Lamar York Prize in Nonfiction. Her essay “Breaking Boundaries” was also a finalist and Editor’s Pick in Solstice Magazine’s 2017 Summer Contest, and her 2016 essay, “How Much for That Pair of Shoes?” was a finalist in the 2016 Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest. She teaches writing and literature at Emerson College and Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and her piece, “I Teach, Therefore I Essay,” was published in Inside Higher Ed in 2017. She has been a writer-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Wellspring House, and Art Farm Nebraska, and has received various grants to aid with the completion of her book.
Caitlin is also extremely passionate about her work as a creative writing workshop facilitator for Writers Without Margins, a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding access to literary arts for everyone, including those marginalized, stigmatized, or isolated by the challenges of addiction recovery, disability, trauma, sickness, injury, poverty, and mental illness.