My new book, a poetry and prose collection, SCAR ON/SCAR OFF (pub. 2017), is available on the press website, Amazon, B & N, and at your local bookstore (please contact Stalking Horse Press here for bookstore ordering info.) For review copies please contact  Stalking Horse Press.


Thank you to the Columbia Tribune for their review of the book here and for featuring SCAR ON/SCAR OFF in their 2017 round up here and on the UnBound Book Festival Reading list. 

To the St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Kathryn Nuernberger for their review of the book here

To  Rhino Poetry for this review of SCAR ON/SCAR OFF here.

To Signature-Reads/Dianca London for listing SCAR ON/SCAR OFF as one of 8 Must-Read Books by Latinx Women Writers.

Thank you to the Seattle Public Library, for listing SCAR ON/SCAR OFF as a Staff Pick. 

To HipLatina for the shout out as one of 20 Afro-Latinx Poets Discuss the Duality of Their Identities. 

To Signature-Reads/Tobias Carroll for listing SCAR ON/SCAR OFF as one of 11 Books Where Poetry and Politics Overlap.

To Ivelisse Rodriguez for this interview at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies @ Hunter College.

To Electric Literature/Ivelisse Rodriguez for listing SCAR ON/SCAR OFF as one of 16 Puerto Rican Women and Non-Binary Writers Telling New Stories

To Jasminne Mendez for listing SCAR ON/SCAR OFF as one of “10 Afro-Latinx Books You Need to Read Right Now”  

and for the profile & interview on Platano Café 

To LunaLuna Magazine for listing SCAR ON/SCAR OFF as one of their 20 Best Books of 2017. 

To Independent Publisher for awarding SCAR ON/SCAR OFF a 2018 Bronze Medal in Poetry.

To Sundress Publications/the Wardrobe/Danielle Alexander for including SCAR ON/SCAR OFF on their “Best Dressed” list and showcasing selections from the book here & here & & here 

To Verse Daily for highlighting the book/poems from the book here and here

To Five:2:ONE Magazine/Stephen Furlong for this review here.

To Best of the Net for a “Best of the Net 2017” award for the essay “But There is Always Rosa,” originally published on Passages North, and included in SCAR ON/SCAR OFF.

To Manzano Mountain Review for the interview here

To Ysabel Y. Gonzalez for her Q & A: here.

To Jose Angel Araguz for his double review+ interview here and here.
To Bekah Steimel for the interview and featuring a poem from the book here.

To La Casita Grande for their interview about the book here

To Ariel Francisco/Glass Poetry for the shout out on their 2017 Recommended Reading List.

To Twitterization for the mention here .

To Latino Stories for the shout out here.

To Independent Publisher for calling SCAR ON/SCAR OFF one of “10 Books That Go Beyond the Latino Label” here

For Crystal Vega-Huerta for listing SCAR ON/SCAR OFF on her Fall 2017 list for Writers of Color, Punch in the Face Poetry for reblogging

To Daulton Dickey for listing the book on his upcoming indie releases list.

To Vox.com for recommending my reading and SCAR ON/SCAR OFF’s debut with the amazing Jenny Molberg at Yellow Dog Bookshop here

and for friends, writers, and the curious who have pre-ordered and bought the book! My heart is full of gratitude and joy. ❤


Next Weather reading with Jenny Molberg. Pictured: Marc McKee, Jenny Molberg, Leanna Petronella, T’Keyah Thomas


Recently read a set from Scar On/Scar Off as a Featured Poet at Café Berlin’s One Mic, alongside Featured MC Armani Abomb, and musician Vulvette.




My cross-genre poetry collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF is available to order now from Stalking Horse Press. Releases on October 9, 2017. Pre-order link here: https://www.stalkinghorsepress.com/product/scar-on-scar-off-poems-by-jennifer-maritza-mccauley-preorder/ 

or here: https://www.amazon.com/Scar-Off-Jennifer-Maritza-McCauley/dp/0999115200/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1501434856&sr=8-1&keywords=jennifer+maritza+mccauley

Many thanks to Allison Joseph, Julie Marie Wade, F.Douglas Brown, Joanna C. Valente, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Denise Duhamel for your blurbs:
“McCauley’s debut collection of poems and prose immediately made me a fan. She wields ‘rebel language’ that goes straight for the heart and soul, weaving tales that make a reader shiver and sigh. She’s fearless, forthright, but never glib or gaudythis is honest writinga voice that is thrilling to witness. The truths this poet reveals are not pretty, but she handles them with an earned grace, a street-tested vibe. This collection is far more than ‘black girl magic,’it’s ‘black woman essential.’” Allison Joseph, author of Confessions of a Barefaced Woman

“This book! It moves and breathes and sings like a living organism. The pulse is vital, the insights sharp as a blade. Who speaks truth to power this way: ‘Tell them we been mournin’ bullet-warmed/ blood long before they told us: now this is how/ you interpret a death?’ Who strikes the page with such a necessary question: ‘how boring/is your/ego that my/darkface/still bothers/you/this much?’ Jennifer Martiza McCauley is the answer: an essential, undaunted, luminous new voice who carries within her many voices, many stories. Scar On/Scar Off is poetry that conjures and skewers our fractured zeitgeist.”
-Julie Marie Wade, author of Catechism: A Love Story and When I Was Straight

“There is a type of loss that cannot be represented, though its feeling can be caught, like a yawn as wide as the place where endings meet beginnings. When I read Jennifer Maritza McCauley, I feel like I’m falling into myself, snagged on something I forgot to look at while I was busy mourning some other, closer loss. My hand is being guided across the page, salty words lapping up into my wounds. I remember I have lost something. I remember we have lost something, and I can see its outline, like the lips of an open mouth. Words spill back into it, reminding me why I first came to language.” —Raquel Salas Rivera, author of Caneca de anhelos turbios’ and ‘lo terciario/the tertiary

“McCauley’s poetry breaks my heart. It’s so, so fantastic.” —Joanna C. Valente, author of Marys of the Sea

“McCauley’s poetry is the real deal! Fiercely feminine and exceedingly humane, ‘Scar On/Scar Off’ will surprise, delight, and then heal some part of you that you didn’t even know was hurting.” —Denise Duhamel, author of Blowout

“McCauley confidently narrates how a body, a black body ‘big as God and filled with all kinds of delicate weather’ navigates through this world while also inhabiting a brown body within. It is difficult to be in a bar alone, men beckoning. It is difficult to say Beyoncé videos make us teary-eyed. It is difficult to admit I am this, despite looking like this, and sounding like that. These poems ring all the sides of McCauley’s Afro-Latina experience as she writhes discomfort into deft introspection. McCauley’s work displays how black/brown skin has limits, complexities, a multiplicity of fears and joys. SCAR ON/SCAR OFF is a brave and necessary debut.” —F. Douglas Brown, author of Zero to Three



Read at Barnard College, as a part of CantoMundo’s reading series, read & attended College and Language Association Conference with Dr. Anand Prahlad, presented a talk on publishing at Resident Arts, read at UnBound Book Festival and had work featured @ Partial Press’ newest LED project (2017)

Recent readings at CoMo’s #WritersResist and The Next Weather Series.

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My holiday book list is listed at The Columbia Tribune along with those of Alex George, Sam Cohen and Lauren Williams: http://www.columbiatribune.com/arts_life/ovation/more-than-words-books-can-be-gifts-that-keep-on/article_971029e6-6b6c-5274-86b4-540f615753b4.html

Check out an article on my writing and inspirations @Ovations at The Columbia Tribune by Aarik Danielsen: http://www.columbiatribune.com/arts_life/ovation/jennifer-mccauley/article_7316a696-5538-50dd-9746-f7b8f0c61344.html

I was recently the featured poet at One Mic’s Poetry Evening at Cafe Berlin in Columbia, MO, along with the featured musician Amanda Bongiovanni and an amazing line up of CoMo writers.


I recently was a Visiting Writer for Hispanic Heritage Month at Stephens College: writingseries-jennifer jenreadhappy

Joined the amazing line up of Monica A. Hand, Cornelius Eady, Treasure Redmond, Ria El-Scari, Francine Harris, Marc McKee, Aliki Barnstone, Anand Prahlad, Marshall Allen, Brian Goines II, Sequoyah Moore, Tiana Williams, Jonne Pratt, Nicholas “NicDanger” Rodriguez, Joseph D. Smith and T’Keyah Thomas at #Blackpoetsspeakout Columbia-Missouri.

More here: http://www.columbiatribune.com/arts_life/art_axis/black-poets-speak-out-at-tuesday-event/article_71828fab-6bd7-54c3-ac71-85a3acefba04.html


Read at FIU’s Alumni Reading at Books and Books in Coral Gables, Miami:


Interviewed the amazing Shann Ray for the Unbound Book Festival:

Read at O’Miami’s “Speech Actions” : http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/o-miami-art-and-poetry-collide-in-speech-actions-7561460


Read short work at the Yale Writers’ Conference:

To send me questions, comments and/or suggestions for places with the best sandwiches, shoot me an email at: jennifermaritzamccauley@gmail.com

Who am I?
I research, and write at the University of Missouri, where I completed my Ph.D. in creative writing as a Gus T. Ridgel Fellow. I am also a graduate of Florida International University’s MFA program, where I was awarded an inaugural James L. Knight Fellowship in fiction. I have received creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, CantoMundo, Kimbilio, and Sundress Academy of the Arts. I’m currently Poetry Editor for The Missouri Review, fiction editor at Pleaides. My work appears or is forthcoming in Pleiades, Vassar Review, Columbia Journal, Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Jabberwock Review, Entropy, Connotations Press, Public Pool, Split the Rock’s “Poem of the Week,” Puerto del Sol, New Delta Review, Luna Luna, A Shadow Map Anthology (CCM Press), Just to Watch Them Die: Crime Stories Inspired by Johnny Cash, Latinas: Protests and Struggles in the 21st Century USA (Red Sugarcane Press). The Feminist Wire, Hermeneutic Chaos, Literary Orphans, Aspasiology, Gravel, For Harriet, Deep South Magazine, The Boiler, Squalorly, Rain Taxi, The Blue Lyra Review, First Inkling and Miami’s WLRN.org among other outlets. My cross-genre poetry book is forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press. My historical novel is represented by Amanda Jain at Bookends Literary Agency.