Photo 1 by Lauren Zaknoun. Photo 2 by Caitlyn Siehl.
Trista Mateer is a writer/artist who used to move three times a year but has finally settled down by the sea in New Jersey with some cats and some poets.
Mateer first gained traction in the writing scene with her eponymous blog, started in 2013, which primarily chronicled her romantic endeavors in the form of free-verse poetry. When Tumblr died, she started putting her poems into books instead.
In 2015 she won the Goodreads Choice Award for poetry with her self-published edition of The Dogs I Have Kissed.
In 2017 her first collection, Honeybee, was picked up by Central Avenue Publishing and the expanded edition hit shelves in the spring of 2018 to critical acclaim and glowing reviews from readers.
Her first published fiction, "The Unholy Wild" was featured in the anthology [Dis]Connected: Poems & Stories of Connection and Otherwise, which was released in October of 2018.
Mateer is currently focusing on making art however it comes out, whether it's poetry or prose or literal hands-in-paint art. Her upcoming projects include: a fairytale retelling; an homage to women with swords; a story about a witch who runs away from her problems; and more sad, gay poetry.
Her next poetry & art collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It, releases October 1 and is currently available for preorder.