Born and raised in the Midwest, CAITLIN COWAN’S poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Missouri Review, THRUSH Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, SmokeLong Quarterly, Rappahannock Review, and elsewhere.
She has been a finalist for the Levis Prize in Poetry (Four Way Books) and the Akron Poetry Prize, as well as a semifinalist for the Boston Discovery Poetry Contest and the Pamet River Prize (YesYes Books). Caitlin has been the winner of the Littoral Press Poetry Prize, the Mississippi Review Prize, and an Avery Hopwood Award. Ilya Kaminsky also selected her poem, “Flight Plan,” to win the Ron McFarland Prize for Poetry. Her work has received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center.
Caitlin holds a PhD in English from the University of North Texas, an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and a dual BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan. She has taught writing at UNT, Texas Woman’s University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and virtually for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp.
A former Associate Poetry Editor at Pleiades and a former Managing Editor of The American Literary Review, she currently serves as an Associate Poetry Editor at Poets Reading the News.
Caitlin works, travels, and teaches for BLFAC in Twin Lake, Michigan, where she serves as the Director of the International Program.
She's obsessed over the intersection of poetry and popular culture almost as long as she's been writing, and she writes about everything from Letterkenny's penchant for the abecedarian to Mad Men's Frank O'Hara plot point at PopPoetry.
In her free time she enjoys playing violin, trail running, yoga, karaoke, collage, and mentoring young writers. She lives on Michigan's west coast with her partner and their two mischievous cats.
Watercolor portrait by Emily Corwin