Born and raised in the Midwest, CAITLIN COWAN’S poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Denver Quarterly, THRUSH Poetry Journal, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, SmokeLong Quarterly, Rappahannock Review, and elsewhere.
A finalist for the Levis Prize in Poetry and a semifinalist for the Boston Discovery Poetry Contest, she has won 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.
She 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, 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 blogs 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, and karaoke. She lives on the west coast of Michigan with her partner and their two mischevious cats.
Watercolor portrait by Emily Corwin