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Caitlin Hicks

Photo: Gordon Halloran 2010

Caitlin Hicks is an author, international playwright, and acclaimed performer, storyteller and presenter in British Columbia, Canada.

My life and work have been profoundly affected by the central circumstance of my existence: I was born into a very large military Catholic family in the United States of America. As a child surrounded by many others, I wrote, performed and directed family plays.

I graduated Cum Laude (English & French) from Loyola Marymount University in LA. I worked as a writer for LA Times, Mattel Toy Co, & CBS & NBC radio in San Francisco. When I was 26, I dropped out of the corporate world to become an actress. At the same time, I met my creative soul mate in an Improvisation class -- an accomplished artist from Canada named Gordon Halloran.

In Toronto, I began writing for the theatre when The Tarragon Theatre invited me to be a member of the Playwrights Unit there. My first play Six Palm Trees, co-written with Gordon Halloran, came out of that effort.

My path as a writer has always been a personal spiritual journey, although my work is not religious. I am drawn towards stories that I don't hear often in the mainstream culture. Often I begin writing because I need to explore something that 'cannot be said'. I enjoy bringing to life personal, pivotal stories which have the kernel of transformation and which connect us all to each other.

Monologues from several of my plays were featured in Smith & Kraus' series Best Women's Stage Monologues (New York). Singing the Bones, adapted from my original theatre play, debuted at the Montreal World Film Festival to stellar reviews and has screened around the world since 2001. While "A Theory of Expanded Love" is my debut novel, I've published short stories, including That Rescue Feeling, (shortlisted for the John Spencer Hill Fiction Award), George Goes For a Walk (Knight Literary Journal), Saving Scarlett (The Feathered Flounder). I have performed my original fiction and non-fiction for CBC regioal & national radio. In print, my writing has been published in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Vancouver Sun, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Fiddlehead Magazine, Knight Literary Journal and other publications.

I am a past member of Playwrights Guild of Canada and a current member of The Writer's Union of Canada and Federation of B.C. Writers (where I am currently Area Rep for The Sunshine Coast).

I am also a storyteller and an inspirational keynote speaker. In this role I use my body of one-woman characters whose experiences told in the first person are broad and specific to enhance the theme of the lecture. For writers conferences and events, the topic of my presentation is "Why We Write". I also have a companion workshop called ''What's Your Story?' See https://www.caitlinhicks.com/wordpress/whats-your-story/

It is my belief that writing can connect us to each other deeply; it celebrates our individuality as well as the richness of our diversity. As a species we learn through art in the most profound way; the exploration is always thrilling and full of surprises.

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Publications

A THEORY OF EXPANDED LOVE. Light Messages Publishing, 2015
Singing the Bones. Playwrights Union of Canada, 1998
Next of Kin. Smashwords, 2011
George Goes for a Walk. Smashwords, 2011

Awards

Bronze IndieFab Award * LITERARY FICTION * for for A Theory of Expanded Love, 2015
Next Generation Indie Awards * BEST INSPIRATIONAL FICTION for for A Theory of Expanded Love, 2016
Somerset Awards LITERARY FICTION for for A theory of Expanded Love, 2015
i-Books Best New Fiction for for A Theory of Expanded Love, Spring, 2015
Eligible for National Public Readings Program :
Yes

WITS

Northern OAC WITS:
No