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BIOGRAPHICAL OVERVIEW

Caitlin Doyle is a poet, nonfiction writer, educator, and Long Island native. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, The Atlantic, The Yale Review, The Threepenny Review, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Best New Poets, and elsewhere. Her poetry has also been featured through the PBS NewsHour Poetry Series, Poetry Daily, the Poetry Foundation “Poem of the Day” Series, and American Life in Poetry. She has received prizes, scholarships, and fellowships through the Yaddo Colony, the MacDowell Colony, the Frost Farm, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Amy Award Series through Poets & Writers, the P.E.O. Scholar Foundation, and the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, among others. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, she has served as the James Merrill House Writer-In-Residence in Stonington, CT, the Jack Kerouac House Writer-In-Residence in Orlando, FL, and a Guild Hall Artist-In-Residence in East Hampton, NY.

Caitlin has taught literature and writing as the Writer-In-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Emerging Writer-In-Residence at Penn State Altoona, a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Boston University, an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, and the Writer-In-Residence at St. Albans School. Caitlin earned an MFA from Boston University as the George Starbuck Poetry Fellow and a PhD from the University of Cincinnati, where she served as Associate Editor of The Cincinnati Review. She has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the University of Cincinnati Excellence in Teaching Award and a William C. Boyce Teaching Award. As a librettist, Caitlin was commissioned by Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clyne to write lyrics for Silent Voices, a concert that premiered at the National Sawdust Theater featuring the acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus. Most recently, she joined the faculty of the Frost Farm Poetry Conference. She is currently at work toward the completion of her debut poetry collection.

DETAILED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION (including relevant links)

Teaching, Education, & Editorial Work

Caitlin has taught writing as the Writer-In-Residence at St. Albans School in Washington, DC, a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Boston University, the Emerging Writer-In-Residence at Penn State Altoona, the Writer-In-Residence at Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, MI, and an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently a Fall Session 2019 Guild Hall Artist-In-Residence in East Hampton, NY.

  • To read more about the Emerging Writer-In-Residence Program at Penn State Altoona, along with an announcement about Caitlin’s campus reading during her time in residence, you can click here
  • To read an article in The East Hampton Press about Caitlin’s background as a native Long Islander and her selection as a Guild Hall Artist-In-Residenceyou can click here. To learn more about the Guild Hall Artist-In-Residence Program, you can click here
  • To listen to a podcast interview with Caitlin through the Ellison Library Series about her experience as the Writer-In-Residence at St. Albans Schoolyou can click here
  • To read an article in The East Hampton Star about Caitlin’s selection as the Interlochen Arts Academy Writer-In-Residence, you can click here

Caitlin earned a PhD in the Department of English and Comparative Literature as an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati, where she taught creative writing, literature, and composition, and served as an Associate Editor at The Cincinnati Review. Caitlin graduated from the University of Cincinnati as the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence, an honor granted each year to two doctoral students from among every department in the university “who best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service, and the ideas of the University of Cincinnati.” In addition, while pursuing her doctorate, Caitlin was selected as the recipient of a P.E.O Scholar Award through the P.E.O. Foundation. P.E.O. Scholar Awards are granted to 100 doctoral students in the United States and Canada each year, and awardees  “are chosen for their exceptional level of academic achievement and their potential for having a significant impact on society.” Caitlin received the additional distinction of being named the 2018-2019 P.E.O. Presidential Endowed Scholar, an honor given through the foundation to one doctoral student in the United States and Canada every two years. According to the P.E.O. Foundation, endowed awards are “reserved for our finest scholars.

  • To read an article in the University of Cincinnati News titled “Doctoral Student’s Leadership Skills are Pure Poetry,” which centers on Caitlin’s selection for the Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence Award, you can click here
  • To read an article in The Key Reporter about Caitlin’s selection as the P.E.O. Presidential Endowed Scholar, which includes an interview and highlights her endeavors as a poet, critic, teacher, editor, and librettist, you can click here
  • To learn more about The Cincinnati Review, you can click here. To read about some of Caitlin’s specific undertakings during her editorship at the journal, you can click here

Caitlin received her MFA 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. To read more about the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship in Creative Writingyou can click here

She has been awarded a variety of teaching honors, including the 2019 University of Cincinnati Excellence in Teaching Award. Caitlin was chosen for this distinction from a pool of doctoral instructor nominees among every college at the university. She has also been granted the College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Cincinnati, given to “one outstanding doctoral student teaching assistant each year for achievements in the classroom.” In addition, Caitlin received a William C. Boyce Award for Outstanding Teaching through the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Cincinnati. 

  • To read an article in the University of Cincinnati News about Caitlin’s selection for the 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award, you can click here
  • To read the commendation letter Caitlin received as the recipient of the William C. Boyce Award for Outstanding Teaching, you can click here

Most recently, Caitlin joined the faculty of the 2019 Frost Farm Poetry Conference, along with fellow instructors Rhina Espaillat, Bruce Bennett, Bill Coyle, Alfred Nicol, and Midge Goldberg.

  • At the Frost Farm Poetry Conference, Caitlin taught a workshop of her own design titled “Break it to Make it: Varying Form in Meaningful Ways.” To read more about Caitlin’s class and the conference in general, you can click here

Caitlin has also taught workshops, led poetry assemblies, and worked with creative writing students through endowed visiting writer posts at secondary schools and universities around the country, including the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT, George School in Newtown, PA, Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, FL, and Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, OH.

Publications & Projects

Caitlin Doyle’s poems have appeared in The Yale ReviewThe AtlanticThe Guardian Poetry Column, The PBS NewsHour Poetry SeriesAmerican Life in PoetryThe 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.

Her poetry and prose have also appeared or are forthcoming in several 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), A Constellation of Kisses (Terrapin Books), So Little Time (Green Writers Press), The Best of the Raintown Review (Barefoot Muse Press), Writers Among Us (St. Albans Press), and Vanguard: Exercises for the Creative Writing Classroom (RAIDER Publishing)

In addition, her essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in a variety of publications, including The Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Angle, 32 Poems Online, BlackbirdThe Common, The Cork Literary Review, MidAmerica, 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 concert, titled Silent Voices: If You Listen, took place at the National Sawdust Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. 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, & 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, a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, the Meringoff Nonfiction Prize through the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, the University of Cincinnati Presidential Medal of Graduate Student Excellence, 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, and a Taft Foundation Research Fellowship.

She has also received prizes and fellowships through the Academy of American Poets, the Atlantic Monthly Student Writing Contest, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, the John Anson Kittredge Fund, 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 has held Writer-In-Residence fellowship positions through the James Merrill House in Stonington, CT, the Jack Kerouac House in Orlando, FL, and the Guild Hall Artist-In-Residence Program in East Hampton, NY. She received the Roland Scholarship as an Associate Artist at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and she was awarded the Vermont Studio Center ALSCW Fellowship.

Profiles, Interviews, & 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, The East Hampton Press, 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 & Events: Highlights, 2010-present

As the Presidential Endowed Scholar for 2018-2019, an honor granted through the P.E.O Foundation, Caitlin was a keynote speaker at the P.E.O Convention in Columbus, OH.

  • To read more about Caitlin’s selection for the P.E.O Scholar Award, you can read an article in The Key Reporter by clicking here
  • To learn about her special distinction as the P.E.O Presidential Endowed Scholar, you can visit the Boston University Creative Writing site by clicking here

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 Frost Farm Poetry Prize and read the judge’s full commentary, you can click here
  • To read an article titled “Caitlin Doyle: Following in Robert Frost’s Footsteps” in Bostonia about Caitlin’s receipt of the Frost Farm Poetry Prize, 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 Altoona 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 Boston University Faculty Reading and Caitlin’s participation, you can read an article in BU Today titled “BU’s Literary Lions Read Tonight” by clicking here

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 Art Omi, formerly known as the Ledig House International Writers Residency).

Caitlin appeared as one of two featured poets, along with Frank Messina, at the inaugural 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.

  • You can read about the event by clicking here and you can also find a more detailed announcement about it on Darlyn Finch Kuhn’s Scribbles: The Heartbeat of the Florida Writing Lifestyle site by clicking here

Caitlin read with poet Annemarie Ni Churreain for the Literature Out Loud Series at the Maitland Art Museum. 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 reading on Darlyn Finch Kuhn’s Scribbles: The Heartbeat of the Florida Writing Lifestyle site, 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

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