Press Bio

Caits Meissner is the author of the hybrid poetry book Let It Die Hungry (The Operating System, 2016), and The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You (Well&Often, 2012), co-written with poet Tishon Woolcock. The recipient of multiple artist residencies and fellowships, including the BOAAT Writers Retreat and The Pan-African Literary Forum, Caits is widely published in literary journals including The Literary Review, Narrative, Adroit, Drunken Boat, Public Pool, and The Offing. Caits holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, where she was awarded The Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize in Creative Writing. With a long history in community arts, Caits currently facilities creative writing and community collaboration in prisons, public school and at The New School University. You can find her using her book as a good excuse to offer free workshops in jails, prisons and reentry programs across the United States — an effort that received social change grants from The Pollination Project and the Puffin Foundation, as well as an honorable mention for Split This Rock's 2017 Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism. Learn more at caitsmeissner.com.