Isabella David McCaffrey is a French-American writer and poet. She's the winner of the 2014 Danahy Fiction Prize for her short story "If the Meek Inherit the Earth, They'll Have Sons-of-Bitches for Lawyers", forthcoming in Tampa Review's 50th Anniversary edition. Her poetry chapbook has been longlisted for the Venture Award. Isabella is also a staff writer at Easy Street Mag, a new magazine about books and culture. Other work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Harvard Book Store's Microchondria II, Best of Black Heart Magazine, The Lascaux Review, Slippery Elm, Adbusters, Contemporary Haibun Online, Apollo's Lyre, Postcard Shorts, and elsewhere in print and online. She has a B.A. from the University of Virginia, graduating as an Echols Scholar with a concentration in Comparative Literature. She's also a dual citizen, a mostly former actor on screen and the stage, a former high school teacher (French and English but of course!), and a very current semi-stay-at-home mother to a feisty toddler and two even needier dogs-- Zolie, an under-sized, delicate chocolate cocker spaniel who nevertheless dominates Maddie, her over-sized Newfie puppy counterpart. She lives in the New York area with this rapidly growing menagerie and her husband, a professional trumpet-player among other things. Together the couple have started a jazz-folk duo her husband insists on calling The Isabelles (since she took his name that's only fair!) and are set to start performing a mix of jazz standards, French folk covers, and a couple of original songs they wrote together... soon. She is currently finishing a YA novel addressing teen suicide as well as a new book of poems.
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