New Book Forthcoming


My cross-genre poetry collection SCAR ON/SCAR OFF will be forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press on October 9, 2017. Pre-order link here: 

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Many thanks to Julie Marie Wade and Raquel Salas Rivera for their early words w/r/t SCAR ON/SCAR OFF:

This book! It moves and breathes and sings like a living organism. The pulse is vital, the insights sharp as a blade. Who weaves lines like these: “the jelly walk of men/ with doughnut flakes wedged into regal mustaches” and “your joyful teeth are enough to/jail you in consequence”? 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 Small Fires, When I Was Straight, and Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures

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





Recent Goings Round Town(s)

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:

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.

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Co-moderated ReadCaribbean/Origin Literary Journal’s panel “The Politics of Pleasure” with Hector Duarte Jr and readers/featured guests Anjanette Delgado, Fabienne Josaphat, Katia D. Ulysse, Donna Aza Weir-Soley for Miami Book Fair International 2016.


Appeared alongside Tiana Williams and Ronnie Rice, in “Chrysallis” a play written by Monica Hand and directed by John T. Butler.


Check out my artist’s profile on the “Ovations” section of The Columbia Tribune:

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

Joined the amazing line up of Cornelius Eady, Treasure Redmond, Ria El-Scari;  Francine Harris, Monica Hand, 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.

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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” :


Read short work at the Yale Writers’ Conference:


Had a wonderful time repping The Missouri Review, Origins Lit Journal, Sliver of Stone and Fjords Review on the panel “You Sent Us What?” with Lisa Kastner, John Gosslee, Ann Sheybani and William Patrick this #awp16. Had lots of great questions and heard great submission stories from our audience.

The Masters Review listed us as a panel to go to for emerging writers:

About Me

Who am I?
I teach, research, and write at the University of Missouri, where I am completing 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’m currently Contest Editor for The Missouri Review, an associate editor of Origins Literary Magazine, a reviews editor at Fjords Review, and a temp. fiction editor at Sliver of Stone. My work appears or is forthcoming in Vassar Review, Columbia Journal, Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, Jabberwock Review, 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 among other outlets. My cross-genre poetry book is forthcoming from Stalking Horse Press. My historical novel is represented by Amanda Jain and Michelle Johnson at Inklings Literary Agency.

I really like pulled pork sandwiches.