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Biography & Contact

Teaching and Education

Caitlin Doyle is a poet, educator, and Long Island native. She has taught writing as the Writer-In-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Boston University, as the Emerging Writer-In-Residence at Penn State Altoona, and as the Writer-In-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI. She is pursuing her doctoral studies as an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, where she teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. You can click here to read more about the Elliston Poetry Fund.

She currently serves as an Associate Editor at The Cincinnati Review. You can click here to learn more about The Cincinnati Review.

Caitlin received her MFA in Poetry from Boston University, where she held the George Starbuck Fellowship in Poetry. As an undergraduate, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Thomas Wolfe Scholar in Creative Writing. You can click here to read more about the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship.

Caitlin has also taught workshops, led poetry assemblies, and worked with Creative Writing students as a visiting writer at a variety of schools and universities around the country, including the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, the George School in Newtown, PA, Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, FL, and Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH.

Publications and Projects

Caitlin Doyle’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Yale ReviewThe AtlanticThe Guardian Poetry Column, The PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, The American Life in Poetry ColumnThe New Criterion, Boston Review, The Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review, The Poetry Foundation’s “Poem of the Day” Series, The Poetry Sunday Column, and Poetry Daily, along with numerous other journals, magazines, and publication venues. She is currently at work toward the completion of her debut poetry collection.

Her poetry has also appeared or is forthcoming in several book anthologies, including The Best Emerging Poets of 2013 (Sullivan & Stokes), The Southern Poetry Anthology (Texas Review Press), Best New Poets (University of Virginia Press), The Golden Shovel Anthology (University of Arkansas Press), American Creative Writers on Class (Big Wonderful Press), The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop (Wind Publications), Bared: An Anthology (Les Femmes Folles Books), So Little Time (Green Writers Press), The Best of the Raintown Review (Barefoot Muse Press), and Writers Among Us (St. Albans Press).

In addition, her essays and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications, including The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Angle32 Poems Online, BlackbirdThe Common, The Cork Literary Review, and Literary Matters.

Caitlin was commissioned by Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clyne to write lyrics for Silent Voices, a program featuring the nationally acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The 2018 concert, titled Silent Voices: If You Listen, took place at the National Sawdust Theatre in Brooklyn, NY, in late April. Other lyricists for If You Listen included Jane Hirshfield, Brenda Shaughnessy, Safiya Sinclair, and Toshi Reagon. To access additional details about the concert, you can click here. For information about the history of the Silent Voices program, you can click here. To learn more about composer Anna Clyne, you can check out a profile of her in The New York Times by clicking here. To read an overview of Body Compass, the choral work on which Caitlin and Anna collaborated, you can click here

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants

Caitlin has received the Presidential Endowed Scholar Award through the P.E.O Foundation, the Frost Farm Poetry Prize, the Amy Award in Poetry through Poets & Writers, the WC&C Scholarship in Poetry through the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry through the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Poetry through the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, an Individual Artist Grant through the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, an Artist Grant through the Elizabeth George Foundation, numerous Pushcart Prize nominations, and both a Taft Research Fellowship and a GSGA Research Grant through the University of Cincinnati. 

Caitlin has been awarded Writer-In-Residence fellowship positions at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, and the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL. She has also received prizes and fellowships through the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, the Academy of American Poets, the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the Winning Writers organization, and others.

Residency Fellowships

Caitlin has been awarded residency fellowships in poetry from the Yaddo Corporation, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Jentel Foundation, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Ledig House International Writers Residency, and others. She held the Roland Scholarship as an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and she was awarded the ALSCW Fellowship (Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers) to the Vermont Studio Center.

Profiles, Interviews, and Media Coverage

Articles, profiles, reviews, and essays pertaining to Caitlin’s work have appeared in The Poetry Sunday ColumnThe Critical Flame, The Irish EchoBoston University Today, The Key ReporterThe University of Cincinnati Arts & Sciences NewsThe Irish Examiner, The East Hampton Star, Stay Thirsty, Gwarlingo, and others.

Interviews with Caitlin about her work have appeared in several publications and other media venues, including Words With Writers, The MFA Project, The National Young Arts Foundation, The Identity Theory Emerging Poet Series, The National Writers Series, The Thomas Wolfe Review, Functionally Literate Radio, The Drunken Odyssey Podcast Series, The Ellison Library Podcast Series, and Around Cincinnati (91.7 WVXU).

See News & Highlights and Interviews & Features for links to the material mentioned here.

Readings: Highlights, 2009-present

Caitlin read as the featured poet at the inaugural Irish American Writers and Artists event at the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. To learn more about the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, you can click here. To learn more about the Irish American Writers and Artists Organization, which has chapters all over the country, you can click here.

As the winner of the Frost Farm Poetry Prize, Caitlin appeared as the featured reader at The Hyla Brook Reading Series at the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, in June 2017. The reading kicked off the Frost Farm Poetry Conference. To learn more about Caitlin’s selection for the prize and read the judge’s full commentary, you can click here. To check out Caitlin’s winning poem “Wish” in The Yale Review, you can click here.

Caitlin has read her work at a variety of live and online venues. She has given Writer-In-Residence readings at the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL, St. Albans School in Washington, DC, Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI, and Penn State in Altoona, PA.

Caitlin’s work has been featured through the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series. To hear a recording of her reading her poem “A Brief History of the Bikini,” you can click here.

Caitlin’s work has been featured as the “Poem of the Day” at the Poetry Foundation. To hear a recording of her reading her poem “The Editor’s Ex,” you can click here

Each year, a graduate of the Boston University MFA Program in Poetry and/or Fiction receives an invitation to read with the Creative Writing faculty in the Boston University Faculty Reading. Caitlin was invited to read as the featured Poetry Alumna in 2014. To learn more about the event and Caitlin’s participation, you can click here to read “BU’s Literary Lions Read Tonight”.

As part of the Best New Poets reading series, Caitlin has read at several places around New York City, including Housing Works, Book Court, and McNally Jackson Books.

Other New York City venues at which Caitlin has given readings include the following: The New York Society Library (where she read as one of the winners of the Amy Award through Poets & Writers), the Powerhouse Arena (where she read as a contributor to the anthology American Creative Writers on Class), the Roger Smith Hotel (where she read as one of two emerging poets chosen to represent New York State in the Distant Voices Poetry Program through Stanza: Scotland’s Poetry Festival), and KGB Bar (where she read along with fellow residents from the Ledig House International Writers Residency).

Caitlin appeared as one of two featured poets, along with Frank Messina, at the first ever Kerouac Project Open Mic Event at the Gallery at Avalon Island. In the spirit of Jack Kerouac, Caitlin and Frank read their work while accompanied by acclaimed jazz pianist Per Danielsson. The event, hosted by Kerouac House board member Naomi Butterfield, also included an open mic segment. For more details, you can check out the the Gallery at Avalon Island website here, or click here to visit the Kerouac House event page on Facebook

Caitlin’s read with poet Annemarie Ni Churreain for the Literature Out Loud Series at the Maitland Art Museum in October 2014. They presented their work as part of the museum’s “CulturePop” event, which included the opening of two new art exhibitions by Cicero Greathouse and Leigh Tarantino. To see an announcement about the event through Darlyn Finch Kuhn’s Scribblers Series, you can click here. To visit the event’s Facebook page, you can click here. To read about the event in The Orlando Weekly, you can click here

For information about Caitlin’s upcoming readings and other literary events, you can click here

For links to a variety of media (podcasts, radio interviews, and videos) featuring Caitlin reading and discussing her work, you can visit News & Highlights and Interviews & Features