Caitie Young

Poetry | Kent State University | Class of 2024

Inspired by the intriguing realm of epigenetics and the role of inheritance on a sociopolitical level, this project ventures into the captivating world of familial legacies and the imprints of trauma woven into both the threads of language and DNA. Through an exploration of the cultural and political landscapes from which such traumas emerge, both the poet and reader embark on a collective journey, delving into the ways inheritance shapes belief and sculpts perspectives. Religious symbolism intertwines with the metaphorical significance of tomatoes, adding layers of complexity to the exploration of origins and transformation.


Caitie Young

Caitie L. Young (they/them) is a poet and writer from Kent, Ohio. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in West Trade Review, new words{press}, The Atlanta Review, The Sonora Review, Scapegoat, The Minnesota Review, and elsewhere. They were the first-place recipient of the 2022 Foothill Editors Prize for best graduate student poetry, and they are a pushcart nominee.

What’s on your nightstand right now?

I always have Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems nearby. I’ll forever keep Little Blue Encyclopedia: (for Vivian) by Hazel Jane Plante on my nightstand.

Do you have any eccentric habits/strategies to get you started writing? What are they?

Three words: Fergalicious. Dance. Party.

Your favorite place to write while in the NEOMFA?

Last Exit Books.