Caitlin McGill’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, The Chattahoochee Review, Consequence, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Southeast Review, Vox, War, Literature, & the Arts, and several other magazines. She is a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship recipient, a 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award winner and the 2014 winner of Crab Orchard Review’s Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award. She recently completed a memoir about intergenerational trauma, inherited survival mechanisms, race, class, addiction, mental illness, and the cost of ignoring our histories. One essay from her book was named a Notable in The Best American Essays 2016.
She has been a writer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, 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. Her essay “Window Curtains” was a finalist for the 2018 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction, the 2018 Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize, The Chattahoochee Review‘s 2018 Lamar York Prize in Nonfiction, and The Southampton Review’s 2018 Frank McCourt Memoir Prize. 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 personal narrative with Nancy Sommers at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, and writing and literature at Emerson College, GrubStreet, and Northeastern University. Her Inside Higher Ed piece, “I Teach, Therefore I Essay,” expresses many of her teaching philosophies. 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.