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Caits Meissner

Caits Meissner is the Director of Prison and Justice Writing at PEN America. She is also the author and illustrator of hybrid poetry book Let It Die Hungry (The Operating System, 2016). A multidisciplinary creator, Meissner's written and visual work has been published in venues including The Guardian, Harper's Bazaar, Medium's Human Parts, The Literary Review, Narrative, Adroit, Drunken Boat, Literary Hub, The Rumpus, [Pank], The Journal and The Offing, among others.

*author photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan

Upcoming Events

  • The Sentences That Create Us

    February 1, 2022
    Online Teach-in

    Join PEN America and Haymarket Books for the launch of The Sentences That Create Us: Crafting a Writer’s Life In Prison.


  • The Sentences That Create Us

    The Sentences That Create Us provides a road map for incarcerated people and their allies to have a thriving writing life behind bars—and shared beyond the walls—that draws on the unique insights of more than fifty contributors, most themselves justice-involved, to offer advice, inspiration and resources.