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 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. 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.
The National League of American Pen Women’s Keats Nonfiction Literary Award
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.
Solas Gold Award – Best Women’s Travel Writing
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 with her family on the seacoast of New Hampshire. Where she edits and writes about women, food, religion, mythology and travel. She is also Co-Founder of The Seacoast Writers’ Hub, a nonprofit community literary arts organization.
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PEN America – New England Chapter
AWP – Association of Writers & Writing Programs
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Professional Writers Association
Harvard Extension School (Cambridge, MA) – Creative Writing, Journalism
University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH) – English Literature
Wesleyan Writers’ Conference 2017
Yale Writers’ Conference 2016
Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) – Irish Literature – Summer Program
Smith College (North Hampton, MA) – Russian Literature & Poetry
SCHOLARSHIPS & AWARDS
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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