as of recently...
I love the complexity these guides allowed me to stretch towards in writing about themes presented in the film The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, about author and Chicano Movement activist Oscar Zeta Acosta. Discussion guide here. Education guide here.
I am extremely proud of this publication (free to download, $5 to purchase) that I designed in collaboration with students at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, through the Center For Urban Pedagogy. View it here!
It was a pleasure to be in conversation with Elaine Foster on BFM 89.9 in Malaysia, discussing the identity of being women in relationship to writing. Listen in!
I'm proud to have been part of the team for this free resource — a multi-film discussion guide for the WorldChannel's Black History Month Toolkit — moving films, important subjects. Wonderful opening essay by Syreeta McFadden. You can find it here.
Reaching: A Creative Writing Workbook was originally created as a part of The Humans That We Are Prison Poetry Tour. Now the book is available for use personally, or in community. Grab your free copy here!
An organization I love and admire, Split This Rock (poems of provocation and witness) published my poem, Loving the Enemy in their Poem of the Week series.
Wow! "I have never seen anything like Caits Meissner’s first solo collection: Let It Die Hungry. Brave. Eclectic. Essential. Especially in this day and age when the rats in power are filling the swamp with evil droppings. Let It Die Hungry is a manifesto, a manual, a survivor’s message-in-a-bottle and a battle-cry." Read in full here.
A few years ago, Jon Sands, Samantha Thornhill and I, as a project of Pop Up Poets, interviewed a handful of Brooklynites about (extra)ordinary moments of kindness they'd had bestowed upon them, or bestowed upon others, and invited poets to respond. Watch what happened through this moving process here.
How exciting to be honored with The Teacher-Writer Award from the English Department at City College for what I love to do!
Join me in this class through the Transformative Language Art network! Read more about it here.
A generous review of my book in San Quentin's impressive prison newspaper, written by Juan Haines, senior editor. Scroll to page 16!
Join me virtually for a 20 minute set of poems from Let It Die Hungry.
Proud to see (Re)Emergent Theatre profiled on the news with such a generous depiction of our work. Building community, sure have. Check the video!
A 700+ page book of resistance and power in the face of Trump's vision of America. This is an archive worth having on your shelves. I am lucky to have a poem in it's pages. Purchase here.
Grateful for an honorable mention for Split This Rock's 2017 Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism. It's especially an honor to see my name among so many incredible change makers! People are doing good work.
I was asked some challenging questions about the act of witnessing while teaching and writing in this dialogue with Kelly DuMar for the Let's Talk TLA (Transformative Language Arts) series. The live conversation was captured on video, and if you're curious, watch here.
Dang! Now this is a list of poems to inspire. I'm grateful to have made my way onto both the 2015 & 2016 recommended reading lists alongside some of my favorite current poets. I recommend Glass Poetry Journal's taste! Read here.
Wren of Hazel & Wren shares a vibrant review of Let It Die Hungry in the What We're Reading This Week column. Get some other excellent suggestions while you're at it, too. Read here.