Shuly Cawood

Poet, Fiction Writer, Creative Nonfiction Writer

Author's Bio

Shuly Xóchitl Cawood is an award-winning writer and the author of the short story collection, A Small Thing to Want (Press 53, 2020), the poetry collection, Trouble Can Be So Beautiful at the Beginning (Mercer University Press, 2021), 52 Things I Wish I Could Have Told Myself When I Was 17 (Cimarron Books, 2018), and The Going and Goodbye: a memoir (Platypus Press, 2017). She has an MFA from Queens University, and her writing has been published in The New York Times, Brevity, and The Sun, among others. You can learn more about her at

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

The Going and Goodbye (Platypus Press, 2017)


A Small Thing to Want (Press 53, 2020)


Trouble Can Be So Beautiful in the Beginning (Mercer University Press, 2021)
Prizes won: 

2021 Independent Publisher Bronze Medal for Short Fiction
Adrienne Bond Award for Poetry
Betty Gabehart Prize

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Last update: Aug 26, 2021