Caitlin Cowan


Muskegon, MI

Author's Bio

CAITLIN COWAN is a writer, arts facilitator, and editor born and raised in the Midwest. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Pleiades, Gulf Coast, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, EntropyThe Dallas Observer, and elsewhere. A semifinalist for the 2019 Boston Discovery Poetry Contest, she has been the winner of the Littoral Press Poetry Prize, the Mississippi Review Prize, and an Avery Hopwood Award. Her poem, “Flight Plan,” won the Fugue Poetry Prize judged by Ilya Kaminsky. Her work has also received support from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and the Vermont Studio Center. She holds a PhD, MFA, and BA in English and Creative Writing, and has taught writing at a selection of institutions that includes the University of North Texas, Texas Woman's University, and Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 2018, she accepted the position of Director of International Tours at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where she played violin and traveled with the International Youth Symphony Orchestra in the early 2000s.

Publications & Prizes

Bad Pony
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Catch Up
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Fawlt Magazine
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Kaleidoscope Review
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Mississippi Review
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Nightjar Review
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Public Pool
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ROAR Magazine
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Tinderbox Poetry Journal
Up North Lit
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Semifinalist, Boston Discovery Contest – 2019, judges Timothy Donnelly & Mai Der Vang

Nominee, Denton Arts and Music (DAM) Award (Published Author) – 2018 & 2019

Recipient, Howard Nemerov Scholarship in Poetry  – 2018, Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Winner, Littoral Press Poetry Prize – 2017, judge Judy Halebsky

Nominee, Best New Poets – 2017, Boxcar Poetry Review

Recipient, Vermont Studio Center Grant – 2016

Semifinalist, Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Book Prize – 2016, judge Ed Roberson

Second Prize, O’Donoghue Internat’l Poetry Competition – 2015, judge Matthew Sweeney

Nominee, Best New Poets – 2014 & 2015, University of North Texas

Finalist, New Letters Literary Award – 2014, judge Dennis Finnell

Winner, Mississippi Review Prize – 2013, judge Rebecca Morgan Frank

Runner-Up, So to Speak Poetry Contest – 2013, judge Danielle Pafunda

Winner, Ron McFarland Prize for Poetry – 2010, judge Ilya Kaminsky

Finalist, SLS Unified Literary Contest – 2010, judge Mary Jo Bang

Winner, Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry – 2005, University of Michigan

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Refusal by Jenny Molberg, The Overstory by Richard Powers

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Detroit, MI
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Last update: May 23, 2020