Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer, whose novels include Orchid & The Wasp and The Wild Laughter, which won the Royal Society of Literature's Encore Award 2021. Her third novel will be published by Riverhead in early 2024.
Her short stories have been awarded an O.Henry Prize, the Moth International Short Story Prize, and the Irish Book Awards' Story of the Year 2020. She will be a Cullman Center Fellow at New York Public Library for 2023-2024.
At MacDowell, Hughes completed copyedits to her forthcoming novel, The Alternatives (to be published by Riverhead in April 2024), and drafted an original stage play: a commission for Druid Theatre Company.