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. Her memoir, At Crossroads with Chickens is coming out on Bauhan Publishing in May of 2020. In the works are a novel with the working title Mother Daze, a play–Triage–and a children’s book as yet untitled. She lives with her husband, two cats and myriad chickens at Darwin’s View where they all practice an experimental life off-grid and on the land.