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Caitlin Scarano is a writer based in Washington state. She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

She was selected as a participant in the NSF’s Antarctic Artists & Writers Program and spent November 2018 in McMurdo Station in Antarctica. 

Her debut collection of poems, Do Not Bring Him Water, was released in Fall 2017. She has two poetry chapbooks: The White Dog Year and The Salt and Shadow Coiled.

Do Not Bring Him Water beckons the reader with its nostalgic pastoral landscape, then haunts them with the shadows of menacing animals and men. The writing is disarming, lyrical, and unhinged, and it often took me until the end of a poem to realize I’d been holding my breath the whole time. It’s hard to believe this is a debut collection: the author has seen so much and lived to tell about it, and tell it with gorgeous darkness. This book will make you rethink language.

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...I set fire to the Virginia field and rode
out. Made for a mountain, her
crown of snow. A single
spider crossed my cheek.

How I untangled
the fishing wire from flesh.
How I learned to unlove that man
before I swallowed the hook
of his death.