Tory McCagg earned a M.F.A. from Emerson College’s writing program in 1989, where her thesis and novel, Shards, won the Graduate Dean’s Award. Among other accolades, in 1999, “Roots”, an early chapter from her novel Bittersweet Manor was a semifinalist in the New Millennium awards VIII contest; Bittersweet Manor won a Silver medal for Contemporary Fiction from Independent Publishers in 2015. Her memoir, At Crossroads with Chickens: A “What If It Works?” Adventure in Off-Grid Living and Quest for Home came out in June 2020, just in time for the pandemic. Instead of the planned road trip, Tory marched across the driveway to the hen house for The All Cooped Up Book Tour. She is currently contemplating an And Now We’re Really All Cooped Up! weekly video for viewers, and her own, amusement through the winter months. Tory is an accomplished flutist, and lives with her husband, and myriad chickens at Darwin’s View where they all practice an experimental life off-grid and on the land.