Trista Mateer is a poet from outside of Baltimore (Maryland), currently based in South Carolina.
Mateer first gained traction in the modern poetry scene in 2013 with her self-titled tumblr blog, writing dozens of viral poems, amassing thousands of readers, and hand-making her own chapbooks.
In 2015 Mateer won the Goodreads Choice Award for poetry with her self-published edition of The Dogs I Have Kissed. Mateer then teamed up with Central Avenue Publishing in 2018 to re-release her debut poetry collection, Honeybee. And she followed up in 2019 with the illustrated full-color collection, Aphrodite Made Me Do It, which went on to be voted one of the best poetry books of that year by readers on Goodreads.
Mateer worked with Random House Children's to create her young adult poetry debut, When the Stars Wrote Back. This collection was released in 2020 as a hardcover with beautiful two-color illustrations by Jessica Cruickshank.
In May of 2021, Mateer released a new collection: girl, isolated. Inspired by feelings of loneliness and desperation, this collection was written entirely during lockdown.
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