caitlin villacrusis.

Caitlin Villacrusis is a Filipina-American poet based in Florida and a self-confessed pessimist.A senior and communications major at an arts school, she is an Adroit Journal Poetry Mentee; a South Florida Youth Poet Ambassador and Miami Book Fair “Speak Up” Student Ambassador; and a poetry editor at Hominum Journal, Hot Pot Magazine, and The Lunar Journal.Her work has been recognized by Gigantic Sequins twice, Frontier Poetry, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and is published or forthcoming in HAD, Bullshit Lit, The Lumiere Review, The Dawn Review, COUNTERCLOCK Journal, and more.


currently writing speculative fiction novel



  • six Scholastic Gold Keys, Mar 2024

  • ten Scholastic Silver Keys, Mar 2024

  • seven Scholastic Honorable Mentions, Mar 2024

  • finalist, Frontier Poetry Roots & Roads Prize, Jan 2024

  • finalist, Gigantic Sequins' 12th Annual Flash Fiction Contest, Oct 2023

  • shortlisted, Paper Crane Journal's Outstanding Young Poets Anthology, Sept 2023

  • Scholastic Gold Key, Jan 2023

  • Scholastic Silver Key, Jan 2023

  • two Scholastic Honorable Mentions, Jan 2023

  • age 16 feature, Teen Sequins contest under Gigantic Sequins, Nov 2022


  • panelist, Miami Book Fair, Nov 2022 (with Ariel Francisco and Lissette Lendeborg) & Nov 2023 (with Rudy Francisco, Saturn Browne, and Evan Wang)

  • South Florida youth poet ambassador, Bluapple Poetry Network under Jason Taylor Foundation, May 2023 to present

  • student ambassador, "Speak Up" program at Miami Book Fair, Aug 2022 to present

  • prose editor, SUNHOUSE Literary, Jan 2024 to present

  • poetry editor, Hominum Journal, Aug 2023 to present

  • poetry editor, The Lunar Journal, May 2023 to present

  • poetry editor, Hot Pot Magazine, Apr 2023 to present

  • submissions editor, Seeds in the Black Earth Literary & Arts Magazine, Apr 2023 to present

  • creative nonfiction literary apprentice, BreakBread Literacy Project, Sept 2022 to Mar 2023

  • co-teacher & mentor, Fine Arts Mentorship, Nov 2022 to Jan 2024

  • poetry mentee under Tola Sylvan, Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship, June to July 2023

  • poetry mentee under Jason Bayani, "Speak Up" program at Miami Book Fair, July 2022 to Jan 2023


  • Kelly Writers House High School Summer Workshop at University of Pennsylvania, summer 2023

  • Kenyon Review Young Writers Residential Workshop, summer 2023

  • Kenyon Review Young Writers Online Workshops under W. David Hall and Matthew Kelsey, winter 2022 and winter 2023

  • Iowa Young Writers Studio Online under Jane Huffman, summer 2023

  • Ellipsis Writing Online Workshops under Steven Espada Dawson, summer 2022


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