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.

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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.

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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. 

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Poems You Can Experience. 

The Visiting Room - Narrative (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)
Three Poems - Duende (2015)
M A N I F E S TO for my homegirls - FemLit (2015)
Three Poems - Ty(poetic)us, (2015)
Two Poems - Drunken Boat, Union Folio (2015)
Three Micro Poems - The Offing (2015)
Little Pleasure - The Quotable (2015)
There Are So Many Poems For Black Boys - Radius Lit (2014)
The Muse - Kenning Journal (2014)
Two Poems - He(Art) Journal (2014)
All The Ways To Sing In Portuguese - The Feminist Wire (2014)
Two Poems - The Feminist Wire (2013)
Two Poems - Trip City (2012)
The Advice (& essay on Yona Harvey) - The Operating System (2012) 
Kissing (Audio) - Litro Lit Mag Literary Mixtape (2012)
Two Poems (Audio) - The Pedestal Magazine (2011)
Dear Roger - CulturePop (2010)
Intro: Op. 67 Instructions (Audio) - IndieFeed (2010)

Poems in Print.

Two Days Later -  Resist Much/Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance (2017)
ShapeShifting - Promethean Journal (2016)
The Abyss - Sweet Wolverine Anthology (2015)
Ways To Fight For Life In Harlem - 2013 Hippocrates Prize Anthology (2013)
Kissing - Chorus, Edited by Saul Williams, MTV Books (2012)
Zimbabwe - Kindling Magazine (2012)
Two Poems - Moments of the Soul: poems of meditation and mindfulness (2010)
Three Poems - Spoken Word Almanac Anthology (2008)
Two Poems - His Rib: Stories, Essays and Prose by Women (2007)
Poem for Mazique - Gotpoetry.com 2007 Best Of Anthology (2007)
Two Poems, The Literary Review (2009)
Before - The Oriel Literary Magazine (2008)

Articles & Magazines.

A Year in the Life of a Teaching Artist, poetry prison tour featured across 4 issues - Teaching Artist Journal (2017)
5 Ways Engaging Self Work Can Change the World - Cameron Diaz's The Body Book Blog (2015)
Ten Notes for Women on Social Media... - Cameron Diaz's The Body Book Blog (2015)
Five Ways Yoga Can Make Your Writing Practice Better - Mind Body Green (2015)
Five Daily Writing Practices That Expand Awareness - Cameron Diaz's The Body Book Blog (2015)
Six Uplifting Things You Can Say To Creatives With Day Jobs - Thought Catalog (2014)
On Turning Inward - RebelleSociety (2014)
Five Ways To Access Your Feminine Divide Through Your Sacral Chakra - Mind Body Green (2014)
Where The Grass Is Always Green(er) - Elephant Journal (2012)
Love In The Time of IBS - Pulp Nature (2012)
Collage & (De)Construction: Teaching Mickalene Thomas - The Operating System (2012)

Editorial & Community.

(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 

Honors & Awards.

The Jerome Lowell DeJur Prize in Creative Writing
City College English Department Awards (2015)

Ja’Nai First Place Scholarship Winner
Winter Poetry and Prose Getaway (2014)

Scholarship Recipient and Acceptance
Juniper Summer Writing Institute (2014)

Scholarship Recipient and Acceptance
Wesleyan Writing Conference (2014)

The Cultural Center’s 2013 Poetry Competition
Judge: Cornelius Eady | Finalist (2013)

Summer Literary Seminars Poetry Contest
Fellowship Recipient (2011 & 2012)

OneWorld Poetry Competition Pan-African Literary Forum
First Place Fellowship Winner (2008)

Poets&Writers Sponsored Amy Awards
Semi-Finalist (2007, 2012, 2014)

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)

Awarded Fellowship
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)


Select Presentations & Readings.

Various venues in Malaysia (readings sponsored by US Embassy), Columbia University, Housing Works Bookstore, Power of Words conference, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, New York University, Pratt Institute, La Poisson Rouge, Santos Party House, The Bowery Poetry Club, Galapagos Art Space, 92Y Tribeca, The Blue Note Jazz Cafe, The Bitter End, Troy Revolution Hall, Philly Clef Center for Jazz, The Highline Ballroom, The Kitchen, Page Meets Stage Series (with Thomas Lux), LouderArts Collective, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Poets in the Park (Albany, NY), San Jose Slam, Chico Poetry Slam, SlamRICHMOND, Worcester Slam, Museum of Art and Design, The Lower Eastside Girls Club, Tito Puente Education Complex, Rikers Island, Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Bronx Academy of Letters, The Bronx Museum, Croatian Children's Festival.