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

Caitlin M.S. Buxbaum (also known as Cait Buxbaum) is a poet, teacher, photographer, novelist 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 has published seven books of her own poetry and photography under that imprint. She has had work featured in The Cabinet of Heed, Verse-VirtualAlaska Women Speak, Make-a-Scene Magazine, Firethorne: The Gustavus Journal of Literary and Graphic Art, Literary JuicePoetry Spoken Here, and the “open mic” portion of Rattle‘s weekly podcast. She currently serves as the vice president of the Alaska Writers Guild Mat-Su chapter.

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)

All published works



* These collections were first privately “published” (printed and bound as books) in 2012 (SFTU), 2014 (EUEM) and 2017 (UL).

Individual poems

  • “Room (cento),” “Challenged” and “Church Coffee” (Alaska Women Speak, forthcoming Fall 2020)
  • “Breonna Taylor,” “Chance” and “Stirred” (Verse-Virtual, forthcoming Oct. 2020)
  • “The One Where the Hero Dies” (Verse-Virtual, September 2020)
  • “Canoe,” “Dune (Dreamscape)” and “The First Time my Sister Said the F Word” (Verse-Virtual, August 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)

Short stories

  • “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)


Wabi-Sabi World: An Artist’s Search (Red Sweater Press, via Blurb, 2019)



All works in progress