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Caitlin O'Neil
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Caitlin O'Neil is a writer and teacher in Boston
Interests: Her journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Runner's World, Budget Travel, Publishers Weekly, Poets and Writers magazine, and other publications.
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My short story, "Waitress," won the Women Who Write 2012 International Short Prose Contest and will appear in Calliope later this year. Waitress By ten o'clock Saturday night, Ray and I are the only staffers left at The Cap'n Jack. We stand in the stark fluorescent light of the galley kitchen, looking through garlands of fishing net into the darkened restaurant, where Kath sits smoking a cigarette and counting the day's receipts as her father watches from the giant sign in the driveway. The teak tables have been wiped down and covered in sailcloth. The squat ketchup bottles have been... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Caitlin O'Neil
Here's a Q&A I did with poet, essayist, and novelist Jamie Manrique, the author of Cervantes Street about the life and times of Miguel de Cervantes. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Caitlin O'Neil
...of Richard Ford's Canada. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Caitlin O'Neil
Here's my latest review for Publishers Weekly. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2012 at Caitlin O'Neil
I was a 2012 finalist for the Masschusetts Cultural Council Artists Grants in Fiction/Non-Fiction. More here. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at Caitlin O'Neil
Another Ploughshares Review: In-Flight Entertainment by Helen Simpson Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at Caitlin O'Neil
Here's my latest book review for Ploughshares: Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2011 at Caitlin O'Neil
Here's an essay I wrote about the issues that arose when I tried to change my name following my wedding: Two days before my wedding, my mother pulled out a circa 1969 National Geographic magazine she had set aside for my future husband, who is an airline pilot. The cover story on the future of transportation featured predictions about supersonic transport, automated ticketing, and buses and houses that fly. Happy for a distraction from the wedding, Chris and I flipped through the magazine to the last page, and that's where we met Mrs. Ed Flynn. The ad for Mazola cooking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Caitlin O'Neil
I have the featured story today at Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2011 at Caitlin O'Neil
Interesting article at the New York Times on the rising mental health needs of college students. I noticed a spike last year in students who approached me with mental heatlh and medication issues. It seems I am not alone. Check it out: Mental Health Needs Seen Growing at Colleges Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2011 at Caitlin O'Neil
There's an interesting amalgamated op-ed on the New York Times site where teachers and ta's give advice to college freshman about their first year. It's called "Ditch your Laptop, Dump your Boyfriend". A lot of the advice has to do with unplugging and paying attention to the world around you. I don't know about the boyfriend part, but I see students so absorbed in screens they forget to look at the people around them. I even had to ask a student to leave class because she was on her cell phone. It was depressing, but I think I made my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2010 at Caitlin O'Neil
This quote comes from an interview Gary Shteyngart gave to the NY Times. I just love his "the glass is half" outlook. American fiction today is as great as it's ever been. It is our culture, of course, that has changed. While our appetite for stories may still be voracious, our appetite for fiction in book form has waned. It's not the books, dummy, it's the people! The enemy is us. Full interview <here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Caitlin O'Neil
* I love this tongue-in-cheek essay on the role of government in our society and American's ambivalence over what it should be. We take so much for granted, and our communities run so smoothly most of the time, that it's easy to bad mouth government as too big and invasive. But we count on it more than, perhaps, we'd like to. Government Sure is Dumb from the Boston Globe Magazine. Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2010 at Caitlin O'Neil
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