who are the retreat hosts?
Caitlin Conlon is a poet and avid reader that lives in upstate New York. She has a BA in English and a Creative Writing Certificate from the University at Buffalo and, while there, was chosen for the “Friends of the University Libraries Undergraduate Poetry Prize,” and the “Arthur Axlerod Memorial Prize” for Poetry. Caitlin has previously been published via Up The Staircase Quarterly and Rust + Moth, among others. The Surrender Theory is her first collection of poetry. You can find her online almost anywhere at @cgcpoems.
Ari B. Cofer (she/they) is a poet and writer, the author of 'paper girl and the knives that made her' and 'unfold' (forthcoming, 2023). Shortly after receiving her bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Baylor University, she, her husband, and their two pets relocated to the Pacific Northwest. Ari’s work has curated an engaged audience on social media and has been widely featured in sites such as Buzzfeed and The Mighty. While she enjoys a good love poem, she hopes to continue her mental health advocacy by writing on topics like depression, trauma, and recovery. You can find her on instagram at @ari.b.cofer.