Writing Curriculum Vitae.
Let It Die Hungry (2016)
Full Poetry/Hybrid Book, The Operating System
"A stunningly potent archive of surviving... Meissner believes in the powers of seeing, testifying, and saying what is most difficult. Running through the blood of this book I hear Audre Lorde's charge: ‘Your silence will not protect you.’”
— Aracelis Girmay, author of The Black Maria
Meissner's coming-of-age poems seek to anchor their place in a messy world, blurring the edges of hard borders and disparate identities. Finding joy, connection and determination in desperate spaces, as well as the slippery terrain of a changing self, Meissner's voice is at once a reckoning, a proclamation, and an open question. Sprinkled with the author's illustrations, the book's multidisciplinary approach also includes lesson plans, originally utilized in a women's prison, that invite the reader to write their own way out of polarizing dichotomies — and into the vast grey space of what it means to be alive.
Learn more / order the book.
- Review in New Pages Book Reviews.
- Review in Columbia Journal.
- Review in 3:AM Magazine.
- Review in Hazel & Wren's What We're Reading This Week column.
- Book-specific interview on Tricycle Magazine's Trike Daily.
- Listed as an editor's pick on NewPages Book Stand.
- Listed as a recommended book on Small Press Distribution.
- Featured poem from book in BUST magazine.
- Review in San Quentin prison's newspaper (page 16).
The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You (2012)
Limited Edition Poetry Book Co-Authored with Tishon, Well&Often Press
“If you want to see the world we live in in all its burgeoning admixtures of rhythm, soul and space, and if you want to see what good promise there is for the future, read this book. Caits and Tishon have built an anthem to the present in strong, perceptive poems that remind us, in the face of all the news to the contrary, that we are alive, well, alert, and loving.”
— Roger Mitchell, author of Lemon Peeled the Moment Before
Caits Meissner and Tishon are two writers living in New York City. The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You marks their first collaborative book. The poems in the collection explore a range of experience and emotion, mingling classic themes of love and war with ruminations on mixtapes, basketball and growing up with The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
- Review in Pank Magazine.
- A Conversation with Caits & Tishon, Used Furniture Review.
- Interview with Caits & Tishon, Canteen Magazine.
The Wolf & Me (2010)
Spoken Word & Music Album
A multi-platform music project released May 1, 2010. Executive Produced by Just Plain Ant, The Wolf & Me features Maya Azucena, Jesse Boykins III, Dunce Apprentice and Broke MC; with production by Blu (GodLee Barnes), Cazeaux OSLO, Just Plain Ant, Bisco Smith, Cave and The Aftermath.
- Review of The Wolf & Me Album, Okayplayer.
- Artist 2 Peep Feature: Caits Meissner, The Couch Sessions.
- Review of The Wolf & Me Album, This Is Real Music.
Loving the Enemy - Split This Rock Poem of the Week (2017)
The Visiting Room - Narrative (2017)
Two Days Later - Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (2017)
Praise Poem - VerseDaily (2017), originally published in Day One (2015)
Following Faye - Bust Magazine (2016)
Two Poems - Public Pool (2016)
Mostly Water - Adroit (2016)
13 Hours in the Future - Split This Rock Poem of the Week (2016)
ShapeShifting - Promethean Journal (2016)
(CLICK HERE for poems published prior to 2016.)
Recent Honors & Awards.
BOAAT Writer's Retreat (2016)
Educational Enrichment Grant Recipient
City College of New York (2016)
Awarded Artist Residency
Drop Forge & Tool (2016)
Awarded Artist Residency
Turkey Land Cover Foundation for Women (2016)
The Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize in Creative Writing
City College English Department Awards (2015)
Finalist, The June Jordan Fellowship
Columbia University (2017)
The Teacher-Writer Award
City College English Department Awards (2017)
Honorable Mention, Split This Rock
Freedom Plow Award for Poetry & Activism (2017)
Art & Social Change Grant Recipient
The Puffin Foundation, West (2017)
Social Change Leader Seed Grant Recipient
The Pollination Project (2016)
(CLICK HERE for honors & awards before 2015.)
Editorial & Community.
The Humans That We Are Prison Poetry Outreach Tour
(Re)Emergent Theatre Company - Writer collaborating with people emerging from prison
The Wide Shore: A Journal of Global Women's Poetry - Co-Founding Editor
The Well&Often Reader - Co-Founding and Education Editor
(CLICK HERE for teaching and other community work.)