Tory McCagg earned a M.F.A. from Emerson College’s writing program in 1989; her thesis and novel Shards won the Graduate Dean’s Award. In February 1997, her short story “Earthquake Weather” was a semi-finalist in the Tara Fellowships/Heekin Foundation. She has won two honorable mentions: one for “Enology” in 1998 (A. E. Coppard Prize for Fiction, White Eagle Coffee Store Press); the other for “Chain Material” in 2001 (Lorien Hemenway Short Story Competition). In 1999, “Roots”, a (since revised) chapter from her novel Bittersweet Manor was a semi-finalist in the New Millennium awards VIII contest. Bittersweet Manor came out on She Writes Press in May, 2014. It won a Silver medal for Contemporary Fiction from Independent Publishers in 2015. Tory is an accomplished flutist. She is currently working on a memoir, At Crossroads with Chickens; a novel with the working title Mother Daze and a children’s book as yet untitled. She lives with her husband, two cats and ten chickens at Darwin’s View where they all practice an experimental life off-grid and on the land.