In this interview, curated by Canteen correspondent Lee Bob Black, poets Tishon and Caits discuss their book The Letter All Your Friends Have Written You, celebrating Jersey, lost babies, real women, writing poems to your favorite poets, pink hair, murdered friends, women as sacred holders of earth, comforting each other, writing knock-knock joke poems, staying authentic, the gift of our words, the ethics of writing poems, capturing America, road trip poems, trusting water, where poems come from, love poems straight up and down.
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. It is through this exploration of the ordinary that Meissner and Tishon hope to speak to their readers. These letters in the form of poems are an offering of humor, warmth and the occasional bit of wisdom.
Publication Date: January 10, 2012
Caits Meissner, winner of the OneWorld Poetry Contest, attended the 2008 inaugural Pan-African Literary Forum in Accra, Ghana where she studied under Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa and other luminaries from the literary African diaspora. In addition to her own self-released work, she has been published in various literary journals. She is also an arts educator and designer. www.CaitsMeissner.com
Tishon is a designer, writer and poet who has read his work at Bowery Poetry Club, LouderARTS Reading Series, La Mama and other venues in New York and New Jersey. In August 2011, Tishon founded Well&Often. He is also a founding member of BBOXradio.com. Tishon lives in Brooklyn. www.Tishon.com