Caitlin at the Fair
The author with her books at the Alaska State Fair, September 2, 2019.

Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum (also published as Cait Buxbaum, Caitlin Skvorc, and Cate Slader) is a poet, novelist, short fiction writer, teacher, photographer, musician, and “former” journalist born and raised in Alaska. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary English from University of Alaska Anchorage and a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Studies and English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Gustavus Adolphus College. In her three years as a reporter, she wrote more than 600 stories for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman newspaper. After that, she taught or substitute taught a variety of subjects at every grade level in 19 different schools, and ESL online through VIPKid. She also served as an assistant coach for high school cross country running and soccer teams and a middle school ski club. In 2019 she founded Red Sweater Press, and since then she has published eight books of her own poetry, fiction, and photography under that imprint. She has had work featured in several magazines, podcasts, and literary journals, including: Alaska Women Speak, The Cabinet of HeedThe Daily DrunkThe Ekphrastic Review, The Nonconformist, Verse-Virtual, Poetry Spoken Hereand the “open mic” portion of Rattle‘s weekly podcasts. In 2021, she was a poetry reader for Chestnut Review. She currently serves as President of Alaska Writers Guild and Editor-in-Chief of The Poets’ Touchstone (a publication of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire). 

Listen to the author read and talk about her poetry on “What Can Poetry Do?” here:

Cait Buxbaum, Featured Poet
Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum as the featured poet at Poetry Parley (October 16, 2019)

Watch and listen to Caitlin read and discuss some of her published poems below!

Broadcast on 2/14/21

CIRQUE #22 reading, July 8, 2021

Verse-Virtual reading, January 22, 2022

All published works




Individual poems

  • “Golden Shovel No. 7” (Small Orange, forthcoming)
  • “Temperature” (Nightingale & Sparrow Micropoets: The Top Ten of 2021 , forthcoming)
  • “Frustration” (The Ekphrastic Review, April 22, 2022)
  • “In the Wake of Knowing” (Visual Verse, April 9, 2022)
  • “Some People Say A Man Is Made Outta Mud” and “Dirty Laundry as Prayer Flags for the Non-Buddhist” (Verse-Virtual, April 2022)
  • “To the man building a snowman beside the road” (Make-A-Scene, Mid-March 2022)
  • “Sunflowers for Ukraine” (Instagram, March 7, 2022)
  • “deepfake” (Warp 10 Lit, Jan. 11, 2022)
  • “Judgment,” runner up for the Lorraine Cavallaro Poetry Prize (The Lunch Break Zine, Issue No. 4, Dec. 2021)
  • “American Sentence,” “Look Up” and “Gratification” (Press Pause Press, Vol. 5, Nov. 2021)
  • “Insight” (Verse-Virtual, November 2021)
  • “Haunted House” (Make-A-Scene, October 2021)
  • “One Thing After Another” (Visual Verse, September 2021)
  • “Malacology” (Verse-Virtual, September 2021)
  • “Virgin Creek Falls, June 13, 2021” (Make-A-Scene, August 2021)
  • 3 cherita (The Cherita, May, June, August 2021)
  • “Alien” (Make-A-Scene, July 2021)
  • “Nightshade,” “Envy” & “Impression” (Sparked, July 2021)
  • Mono No Aware” (Juke Joint, Issue 14, June 2021)
  • “Chaos Theory” (Verse-Virtual, July 2021)
  • “Magic” (Make-A-Scene, June 2021)
  • “Tessellation” (The Nonconformist, June 13, 2021)
  • “Wild Bill” and three photos (CIRQUE, June 2021)
  • “The Gleaners” (The Ekphrastic Review, May 11, 2021)
  • “Shaken Days,” “Hacky Sack, Before” and “Jailhouse Interview” (Verse-Virtual, May 2021)
  • “Seesaws at U.S. border wall win design award” (Alaska Women Speak, Spring 2021)
  • “Harmattan” (The Cabinet of Heed, Issue 45, March 25, 2021)
  • “Cookbook” and “Maintenance” (Verse-Virtual, March 2021)
  • “Preoccupation” (Make-A-Scene, February 2021)
  • “(yadu),” “Temperature,” & “(winter haiku)” (Nightingale & Sparrow, Feb. 18, 2021)
  • “In Punxsutawney, Phil Sees His Shadow” (The Daily Drunk, Feb. 7, 2021)
  • “Major” (The New Verse News, Jan. 29, 2021)
  • “State of Mind” and “Cinco De Mayo” (The Daily Drunk, Dec. 29, 2020)
  • “Chinook (NYE)” and “Watchman” (Alaska Women Speak, Winter 2020-21)
  • “Needs” and “How Not to Assemble an Office Chair” (Verse-Virtual, Dec. 2020)
  • “Starved” (Make-A-Scene, November 2020)
  • “Open Mind” (The Ekphrastic Review, Oct. 17, 2020)
  • “Someone Else’s Cat” (The Cabinet of Heed, Issue 39, Oct. 2020)
  • “Room (cento),” “Challenged” and “Church Coffee” (Alaska Women Speak, Fall 2020)
  • “Breonna Taylor,” “Chance” and “Stirred” (Verse-Virtual, October 2020)
  • “The One Where the Hero Dies” (Verse-Virtual, September 2020)
  • “That’ll Do” (Make-A-Scene, September 2020)
  • “Canoe,” “Dune (Dreamscape)” and “The First Time my Sister Said the F Word” (Verse-Virtual, August 2020)
  • “Meeting People” (Make-A-Scene, August 2020)
  • “The Spider That I Didn’t Kill” (Make-A-Scene, July 2020)
  • “Protest” (Make-A-Scene, June 2020)
  • “Seasons” (Make-A-Scene, May 2020)
  • “Layer/Lair” (Alaska Women Speak, Spring 2020)
  • “Pecans” (Alaska Women Speak, Winter 2019)
  • “Eating Toast” (Firethorne, May 2014)
  • “For Years and All That’s Gone” (FirethorneDec 2013)
  • “‘Developed'” (FirethorneMay 2013)
  • “An evening” (FirethorneMay 2013)
  • “surreptitious maybe you wouldn’t know” (Firethorne,  May 2012)
  • “Expectations” (Literary Juice, April 2012; Firethorne,  May 2012)
  • “Identity” (Literary Juice, April 2012)



Individual stories

  • “Allende” (7×7, June 3, 2021)
  • “Of Age” (The Nonconformist, March 1, 2021)
  • “The Gift” (Alaska Women Speak, Summer 2020)
  • “Gullfoss” (published here, after Alaska Writers Guild Honorable Mention 2019)
  • “Coming Home” (America’s Emerging Young Adult Writers, Z Publishing, June 2019)
  • “For All We Know” (America’s Emerging Suspense Writers, Z Publishing, June 2019)
  •  “Fulfillment” (America’s Emerging Literary Fiction Writers, Z Publishing, May 2019)
  • “Sunday” (Firethorne, May 2014)
  • “In Bloom” (Firethorne, Dec 2012) 
  • “Limbo” (FirethorneDec 2012)





Original songs

Works in progress