I used to dream of sons—dark haired, light caught in the nets of their eyes. Mouths ripe as blood on a whitewashed wall. Boys were always better in fantasy. I thought my imagination might snag and hold me under, like the girl whose hair got caught in the pool filter and she spiraled down for hours before any adult noticed.

-from “Sleeping Dog Awake”

Caitlin Scarano is a poet in the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee PhD creative writing program. At UWM, she teaches undergraduate courses in composition and creative writing. She was born in Florida, but raised in rural Virginia. She has an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 


Her debut collection of poems, Do Not Bring Him Water, will be released in Fall 2017 by Write Bloody Publishing.

Caitlin was the winner of the 2015 Indiana Review Poetry Prize, judged by Eduardo Corral. Her poem “Mule” was selected for the Best New Poets 2016 anthology. Her flash fiction piece “Pitcher of Cream” was included in The Best Small Fictions 2016.

She has two poetry chapbooks: The White Dog Year (dancing girl press, 2015) and The Salt and Shadow Coiled (Zoo Cake Press, 2015). Her recent work can be found in GrantaCrazyhorse, and Ninth Letter. 

She has done writing residences at Sundress Academy for the Arts in Tennessee; the North Cascades Institute in Washington; the Hinge Arts Residency program in Fergus Falls, Minnesota; and Artsmith on Orcas Island, Washington.

Author photo credit: Jithu Ramesh.