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. Her novel Bittersweet Manor came out on She Writes Press in May, 2014. Tory is an accomplished flutist. She is currently working on a non-fiction book, Darwin’s View: One Breath After Midnight; and a novel with the working title Angell Street Daze. She lives with her husband, two cats and eight chickens at Darwin’s View.