Meet your Faculty: Brittany Cavallaro

  • Brittany Cavallaro teaches "The Poetry of Playwriting" during Inter*mester 2018.

  • Brittany Cavallaro speaks to students during a visit as a guest artist in May 2016.

  • Brittany Cavallaro signs copies of her debut novel, "A Study in Charlotte," in May 2016.

Interlochen Arts Academy Instructor of Creative Writing Brittany Cavallaro is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, which includes “A Study in Charlotte,” “The Last of August” and the upcoming “The Case for Jamie.” A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Cavallaro earned her Bachelor of Arts in American Literature from Middlebury College and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she founded the literary journal Devil’s Lake. In addition to her young adult novels, Cavallaro is also a published poet, with works appearing in AGNI, Tin House, Southern Review, the Best New Poets and her own anthology, Girl-King. Cavallaro is currently a Ph.D candidate in English literature and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

We spoke with Cavallaro to get the scoop on her literary and personal favorites.

What’s your favorite genre to write? To read?
That’s really hard. Most of the time I like writing young adult fiction, but I like writing poetry as well. To read, my favorite is poetry.

Who is your favorite author?
I can tell you who my favorite is right now: Donna Tartt.

What work are you most proud of?
"A Study in Charlotte," because I didn’t think I could write a novel until I finished it.

Where is your favorite place to write?
I’ve really loved writing in this new office at Interlochen—it’s very cozy, and it has a great view.

Do you prefer to write on paper or on your computer?
I need to write on a computer so I can make changes more easily.

What, if anything, do you listen to while you write? Any particular songs or artists that get you in the mood?
I listen to a lot of Ludovico Einaudi—he’s a pianist. I find I write well to his work.

If you could have your work published in any magazine, newspaper or literary journal, what would it be?
I think any poet would say The New Yorker.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m a pretty good bad karaoke singer.

What’s your favorite Melody Freeze treat?
Stuffed cones with M&Ms.

Sunrise or sunset?

Want to study with Brittany Cavallaro? Apply to the Creative Writing program at Interlochen Arts Academy or Interlochen Arts Camp’s Novel Writing Institute and meet her for yourself!