CAITLIN COWAN is the author of Happy Everything, forthcoming in February 2024 from Cornerstone Press. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Best New Poets, The Rumpus, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Missouri Review, Southeast Review, Denver Quarterly, SmokeLong Quarterly, The Account, and elsewhere. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, 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 Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, 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. Caitlin works in arts nonprofit administration for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where she serves as Director of International Programs and as Chair of Creative Writing. Caitlin also serves as a Poetry Editor at Pleiades, and has held past appointments as the Managing Editor of The American Literary Review and as an Associate Poetry Editor at Poets Reading the News.
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, a weekly poetry and pop culture newsletter. In addition to running PopPoetry, in her free time she enjoys running, yoga, karaoke, collage, playing violin, and mentoring young writers. Caitlin lives on Michigan's west coast with her husband, their young daughter, and their two mischievous cats.