Caitlin D. McGill



B.A. University of Central Florida
M.F.A. Emerson College

Contact Information

Office: Ansin 10th Fl.
Phone: 1-617-824-8750
caitlin_mcgill [at] (E-Mail »)
MW 2:30-3:30

Caitlin McGill is a 2016 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award winner and Bread Loaf Writers' conference scholarship recipient. She was also the 2014 winner of the Rafael Torch Nonfiction Literary Award. Her essays and flash fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in Crab Orchard Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Short, Fast, & Deadly, The Southeast Review and several other magazines. Currently, she is working on a memoir-in-essays in which she journeys to uncover her family's hidden past. Throughout this pilgrimage to exhume her identity, she grapples with the cost of ignoring our pasts–of ignoring history itself. One essay from her book was named a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2016.


  • 2014
  • Select Publications:

    “Museum of Endangered Sounds.” The Southeast Review. Forthcoming. *Finalist 2016 Narrative Nonfiction Contest

    “Items to Survive.” Iron Horse Literary Review. Issue 17.6
    “On Delight.” Two Cities Review. Fall 2015. *Runner-up 2015 Nonfiction Contest

    “The Girl Who Lives in the Stars.” Pankhearst (America is Not the World Anthology). 2015
    “Alligator Alley” & “To Sleep.” Gravel. 2015

    “Silent Interrogations.” The Southeast Review. Issue 33.2. *Notable Essay Best American Essays 2016

    “How Much for That Pair of Shoes?” Crab Orchard Review. Issue 20.1. *Winner 2014 Rafael Torch Nonfiction Award

  • 2014
  • “Mary Bonina’s My Father’s Eyes” (Review). Solstice Literary Magazine. Spring 2014.

    “Untitled” (Nonfiction). Redivider. Spring 2014.

    “Can Nonfiction Writers Be Happy—And Still Write?” (Nonfiction). 48. Spring 2014.

    “In the Dark” (Creative Nonfiction). Spry Literary Magazine. Spring 2013.

    “Silhouettes” (Short Story). Prairie Margins. Spring 2012.

    “A Sick Cycle” (Memoir). The Cypress Dome, Issue 23. Spring 2012.

    “Gus” (Flash Fiction). Sphere Literary Magazine, Issue 7. Winter 2012.

  • 2015
  • “Waning” (Fiction). Cleaver Magazine. Summer 2015.

    “Don’t You Understand?” (Fiction). Stolen Island. Spring 2015.

    “Open Wide” (Fiction). Oblong Magazine. Spring 2015.

    “On Disappearing” & “I’m Sorry” (Fiction). Short, Fast, and Deadly. Spring 2015.

    “Tripping” (Fiction). Winter 2015.
    *Winner of February 2015, 50wordstories Story of the Week Award*

    “Dogs Run Wild Here” (Nonfiction). Digital Americana Magazine. Fall 2014.

  • 2016
  • "Beauty, Wide Awake" (Orlando Ballet feature). Orlando Weekly. 12 October 2011.

    “Allied Forces” (Music feature). Orlando Weekly. 2 June 2011.

    “No Lust Lost” (Orlando Ballet review). Orlando Weekly. 21 April 2011.

    “Extreme Makeover” (Arts piece). Orlando Weekly. 17 March 2011.

    “The Real Life” (Music feature). Orlando Weekly. 17 March 2011.

    “Polyamorous” (Music feature). Orlando Weekly. 10 February 2011.

    “It Takes Two” (Music feature). Orlando Weekly. 2 December 2010.

    “Face Off” (Music feature). Orlando Weekly. 28 October 2010.

    “The Shadow of Death” (Music feature). Orlando Weekly. 7 October 2010.

Awards & Honors

  • 2014
  • Notable Essayist in The Best American Essays 2016
    Notable Essay: “Silent Interrogations” published in The Southeast Review. Issue 33.2.

    Winner of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Emerging Artist Grant in Literature. Boston, MA. Spring 2016.

    Awarded a work-study scholarship to the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

    Finalist (1 of 2) in The Southeast Review’s 2016 Narrative Nonfiction Contest.

  • 2015
  • President’s Award Winner, chosen by President Lee Pelton. Spring 2015.

    Rafael Torch Literary Nonfiction Award, Crab Orchard Review, First-Place Contest Winner for essay titled “How Much for That Pair of Shoes?” Spring 2014.


Creative Writing