Kaitlyn Teer

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Kaitlyn Teer's lyric essays have received prizes from Fourth Genre and Prairie Schooner. Her work has been recognized as notable by Best American Essays and has appeared in Entropy, Electric Literature, Redivider, Sweet, Puerto del Sol, and elsewhere. She is a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog and is at work on a flash collection about parenting and the climate crisis.


Cover Photo: An image of trees
On Mother Trees: What Old-Growth Trees Taught Me About Parenting

I was helpful, but unlike the giving tree, I was not entirely happy.

Nov 17, 2022
Cover Photo: A photograph of an hourglass in a wooden frame on a white table in front of a white painted brick wall.
Watching the Clock: On Parenting in the Climate Crisis

I practice thinking about time like a geologist, but, mostly, I can manage only to think about it like a mother.

Sep 19, 2022
Cover Photo: An image of a water pen and drawing board; a black easel-style board with a light grey surface, on which images are drawn with a water-dipped brush and evaporate shortly afterward.
How to Teach Your Child About a Disappearing World

My daughter understands object permanence—the idea that what vanishes continues to exist. As the planet warms, I worry I may have oversold the concept.

Jan 13, 2022