Caits Meissner is a poet, artist, & cultural worker invested in the transformative, restorative, & change-making capacities of imagination and creativity.
Teaching & Community Background.
With a significant history in community arts, Caits was an integral team member in developing programs for organizations such as Tribeca Film Institute, The Bronx Academy of Letters, Urban Arts Partnership, The Facing History School and The Lower Eastside Girls Club. She has taught, consulted and co-created extensively for over 15 years across a wide spectrum of communities including public schools and youth programs, college classrooms at The New School University and CUNY, prisons, jails and reentry programs, disability support and advocacy programs and needle exchanges.
From 2012-2014, Caits ignited the #GrowFierce community, an intensive writing course supporting women in exploring artistic expression and profound self-examination. Caits and her team served over 500 women worldwide in the guided online engagement that matured into State-sponsored cultural exchange in Malaysia, live youth and prison programs, and a series of public events.
In 2017 Caits reenvisioned the concept of book tour, pairing public speaking engagements with opportunities to work with incarcerated writers on The Humans That We Are Prison Poetry Tour — 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.
Caits currently serves as part-time faculty at City College of New York, where she teaches writing in conjunction with the study of Narrative Medicine and social science fieldwork. She is a freelance educator, curriculum writer and diversity, equity and inclusion trainer.