My name is Brittany Cavallaro, but I mostly go by Bri. I was born in 1986 in Springfield, Illinois and lived there until I went as a teenager to Interlochen Arts Academy to study creative writing. Then I pretty much kept studying creative writing. I still am. I’ve had the requisite odd jobs over the years (my favorite: working as a hat salesgirl), but I spent my twenties teaching literature, creative writing, and composition to undergraduates at the University of Wisconsin and gifted high school students through Northwestern University’s CTD program. I live with my husband and our two pets–a terrifying tortoiseshell cat and a very sweet golden retriever–in Michigan. I’m currently a creative writing instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy (my alma mater!).
If you’re interested in booking a school visit or library event, feel free to contact me for availability. I’m happy to travel.
Young adult fiction
My latest poetry collection, Unhistorical, is forthcoming from the University of Akron Press in 2019. Girl-King, my first collection, was published by the University of Akron Press in February 2015. Individual poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, Tin House and the Best New Poets anthology, among others. No Girls No Telephones, a chapbook I co-wrote with Rebecca Hazelton, is now available from Black Lawrence Press. Awards include scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in poetry.
Education and editorial work
After attending Interlochen Arts Academy, I earned my BA from Middlebury College and my MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, I was the founding editor-in-chief of Devil’s Lake and received the David and Jean Milofsky Prize in Creative Writing. I’ve also received a Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship, a Distinguished Dissertator Fellowship, and a Chancellor’s Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where I received my PhD in English literature.