K.M. Churchill

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Kathleen Churchill is a writer, traveler and an award-winning restaurateur. Her work has been nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize and The Best American Essays 2020 anthology. Her memoir excerpt, “A Love Song,” was selected for the anthology The Best Travel Writing: True stories from around the world . Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in: Harvard University’s Charles River Review, the cookbook anthology Newburyport: Portrait of a Restaurant , Nowhere Magazine, Tales To Go, No.22, Six Hens,The Commons and Wanderlust. She has been awarded the Solas Gold Award for Best Women’s Travel Writing and 1st Place in The National League of American Pen Women’s Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition.

Pushcart Prize and The Best American Essay nominated

In the late 1990’s Kathleen and her Irish chef husband lived with their two toddlers in a small fishing village in remote West Cork, Ireland, where they opened a fine dining restaurant. Pipes burst, napkins caught fire, and storms blew in off the Atlantic knocking out the electricity during service. But blackberries grew wild in their back yard, roses bloomed in winter, and although they were often short on sleep and money, they never went without good food or good company.

The National League of American Pen Women’s Keats Literary Award

During their first year the restaurant was mentioned on Ireland’s version of The Tonight Show and awarded a place in the premier national food guide, The Tipperary Water Guide Ireland. In their third year The Bridgestone Irish Food Guide honored them with a coveted “Best in Ireland” award plaque.

Kathleen now lives and works in New England and France. Where she teaches, edits and writes about women, food, religion, mythology and travel.

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PEN America – New England Chapter

AWP – Association of Writers & Writing Programs

Professional Writers Association

WICE Paris, France

AAWE – Association of American Women in Europe



Harvard Extension School (Cambridge, MA) – Creative Writing, Journalism

University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH) – English Literature

Additional Courses

Wesleyan Writers’ Conference 2017

Yale Writers’ Conference 2016

Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) – Irish Literature – Summer Program

Smith College (North Hampton, MA) – Russian Literature & Poetry



Fiction Fellowship, Summer Literary Seminars, Tbilisi, Georgia 2019

1st Place Memoir, The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville Competition 2019

Creative Nonfiction Scholarship, Leopardi Writing Conference, Recanati, Italy 2019

1st Place Creative Nonfiction, The National League of American Pen Women’s Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition 2017

Nonfiction Scholarship, Wesleyan Writers’ Conference 2017

Solas Gold Award – Best Women’s Travel Writing 2016

Creative Writing Scholarship, Grub Street, Boston, MA. 2014

Bridgestone “Best in Ireland” Award – The Baybery Restaurant, Union Hall, County Cork, Ireland



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