Do Not Bring Him Water (Write Bloody Publish 2017)

...There is a man behind me.
He fell through

the ceiling glass. Don’t you see him? He’s crawled
after me since I was robin’s egg
blue, nothing but a girl. Patient, he

will outlast you. The black hole
in my dreaming
will outlast you.

"The Event Horizon"

Caitlin Scarano’s work deals with the violence of particulars, how small things can grow teeth, can bite back. Nothing is safe in this book—cities, families, boys, but particularly, the narrator herself, whose own appetite for destruction might ultimately be the thing that saves her. Gritty, ghostly, and, most of all, brilliant, Do Not Bring Him Water will haunt you for a long time to come.

Author of The Naming of Strays
and The Fear of Being Found


Caitlin Scarano is a poet based in Washington state. She is a PhD candidate in English/Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She teaches undergraduate courses in composition and creative writing, has a background in student affairs, and is a freelance writer and researcher. 

She was recently selected as a participant in the National Science Foundation's Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, and will deploy to McMurdo Station in Antarctica in fall 2018. 

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

 Photo credit:  Erika Dely

Photo credit: Erika Dely

Caitlin has an MA in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

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.