"[Caitlin Meissner is] Melodic words of wisdom... streetjazzoetry."
- Cee-Knowledge aka Doodlebug of acclaimed 90's hip hop trio, Digable Planets
"Caitlin dares us to care and care about every minute of breath we're allotted, with poems that incise and lay bare the universe and our place in it, her heart and ours, our shared hope for the world and all that undergirds it."
-Marty McConnell, HBO Def Poet & LouderArts Co-Curator
"I have to tell you that Caitlin Meissner is stunning. Her words (poetry and otherwise) speak to something central in my sensory memory. I feel everything in every inch. I know exactly what she means and wish I said it like that too. It's so clear and so clean and so crisp and so amazingly magnificent."
- Bassey Ikpi, 5 time HBO Def Poet
Albany, New York raised, Brooklyn based Caitlin Meissner is a poet, performer, educator and graphic designer with a BFA from Pratt Institute. Using her background in visual art, anti-racism work, disability advocacy and youth empowerment, her poems are visually rich testaments to the complexities of the human spirit. As a performer, she has featured for the progressive literary collective louderArts; Opened for the acclaimed Page Meets Stage series (with Thomas Lux); Shared sets with musicians such as Immortal Technique, Grandmaster Caz, Boot Camp Clik and many others; And has performed on countless stages- from street corners to Columbia University; The Nuyorican Poets Café to Rikers Island. Her poems have been published in the independently released His Rib and Got Poetry 2007 anthologies, as well as in various literary journals. For two years Caitlin served as Project Coordinator of the successful all-woman Saturday Performance Series at The Lower Eastside Girls Club and is now one half of Hopscotch & Concrete, a multi-level production duo that creates intentional safe spaces for women artists.
Publications and Prizes
The Feminist Wire
Page Meets Stage Series (with Thomas Lux and Marty McConnell) - NY, NY (2008), Rock Against Racism - SUNY New Paltz (2008), Blue Note Cafe - New York City (2007), Columbia University (2007), Words Against Violence - La MaMa Experimental Theater, NY, NY (2007), Rose M. Singer Center, Women’s Jail, Riker’s Island (2006)
Recently honored as the winner of the OneWorld Poetry Fellowship, Caitlin will be studying in Ghana, Africa at the inaugural Pan African Literary Forum this July, working with Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa.
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Listing last updated: September 24, 2015
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Prefers to work with:
Adults, Any, At Risk Youth, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender, Homeless people, Hospital patients, Mentally Ill, People with Disabilities, Prisoners, Seniors, Teachers, Teenagers, Veterans