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 20 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, and she was Editor-in-Chief of The Poet’s Touchstone (a publication of the Poetry Society of New Hampshire) from the fall of 2021 to the spring of 2023. She currently serves as President of Alaska Writers Guild and is preparing to start her MFA at Antioch University LA this summer. 

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



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