Award-winning poet to visit WRA campus
Posted 10/07/2015 08:54AM


Thanks to the Pioneer Women’s Association (PWA), Western Reserve Academy will welcome award-winning poet Caitlin Doyle to our campus on Oct. 8–9 to visit English classes, deliver an evening seminar and share a reading of her poetry during Morning Meeting.

You may have seen her work in publications such as The Atlantic, Boston Review, The Threepenny Review, Black Warrior Review and many others. A rising talent, she has also been published in several anthologies, including The Best Emerging Poets of 2013, Best New Poets 2009, The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop and The Southern Poetry Anthology.

Select students will have an opportunity to hear from her on Thursday night during her seminar at 8:30 p.m.

On Friday, she will visit English classes throughout the day to discuss her poetry, in particular, and her life as a poet.

Finally, all students will have a chance to hear Doyle’s work during Morning Meeting on Friday, where she will give a poetry reading.

Doyle has held Writer-In-Residence teaching positions at Penn State, St. Albans School and Interlochen Arts Academy. She has traveled all over the country as the recipient of various awards and residency posts, including terms as the Writer-In-Residence at the James Merrill House and the Jack Kerouac House, and fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Edward Albee Foundation. Caitlin’s honors include the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship through the Bread Loaf Writers’ conference, the Amy Award through Poets & Writers and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

Since graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Thomas Wolfe Scholar in Creative Writing, and earning her MFA from Boston University as the George Starbuck Fellow in Poetry, Doyle has inspired many young minds through both her writing and her teaching.

About Doyle’s work, Michelle Aldredge of Gwarlingo has written: “Caitlin Doyle writes highly original poems... steeped in both meaning and musicality . . . Doyle’s poems are serious and complex, but also witty and playful, and it’s this tension that makes her writing so innovative.”

In an interview with the National YoungArts Foundation, Doyle said the following about her goals when it comes to working with students of poetry:

“It’s important to emphasize to students that if they put too much weight on the aspects of writing that involve affirmation from others — ‘praise’ and ‘wages,’ as Dylan Thomas says in his poem In My Craft or Sullen Art — they will find it hard to sustain their passion and discipline. I hope to guide them toward protecting the place within them that writes, above all, for pleasure, so that their process doesn’t become overly fraught with other pressures.”

She is currently working on her doctoral studies as an Elliston Fellow in Poetry at the University of Cincinnati.

It is an honor to host her on our campus. Thank you to the PWA for their support. To read more about Doyle and see samples of her work, visit her website.