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 golden retriever, Daisy, in Michigan, where I’m currently a creative writing instructor at the Interlochen Arts Academy (my alma mater!).
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Brittany Cavallaro is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels, including A Study in Charlotte and, most recently, A Question of Holmes (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). With Emily Henry, she is the author of Hello Girls (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books). Muse, the first novel in a historical fantasy duology, releases in February 2021. Cavallaro is also the author of the poetry collections Girl-King and Unhistorical, both from University of Akron Press. A recipient of a National Endowment in the Arts fellowship, she received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her PhD in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, she teaches creative writing at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.
Young adult fiction
You can find more information about A Study in Charlotte and the other books in the Charlotte Holmes series on my Young Adult page, as well as information about Hello Girls and my new Muse series.
My latest poetry collection, Unhistorical, came out with University of Akron Press in April 2019. Girl-King, my first collection, was published by the University of Akron Press in February 2015. Individual poems have recently appeared in AGNI, Gettysburg Review, The Southern 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.