About Caleb Beissert

Caleb Beissert is a poet, translator, musician, and freelance writer from Washington, D.C., living in Asheville, North Carolina. His work has appeared in International Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, WNC Magazine, and Beatitude: Golden Anniversary, 1959-2009. Beissert’s first book, a selection of English-language adaptations of the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Federico García Lorca, Beautiful: Translations from the Spanish, was published by New Native Press in 2013.

In 2008, Beissert was granted the honor of participating in the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, culminating in a reading with North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers at Western Carolina University’s Literary Festival. The following summer, he studied Reformation literature while traveling throughout Europe. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Professional Writing and Cultural Studies from Western Carolina University in May of 2009. Beissert has been awarded grants from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council for teaching poetry.

With nearly 20 years’ experience as a drummer/percussionist, Beissert has performed with The Zealots, Gamelan Gunung Biru, Matthew Friedman, The Angry Inch, The Original Blue Healers, Ideal Way, Circadian Rhythm, Warm the Bell, and the Asheville Waits Band: A Tribute to Tom Waits, among others. Beissert hosts the weekly Poetry Open Mic Asheville at Noble Kava and produces the original monthly reading Altamont Poetry Series at North Carolina Stage Company in downtown Asheville.






Nomad (2008)
Smoky Mountain News
(April 2008)
Tar River Poetry ( Spring 2009)
Headwaters Creative Arts Magazine (2009)
Pisgah Review (Winter 2010)
Haight Ashbury Literary Journal (2010)
The Journal of Interdimensional Poetry (2012)
Flycatcher (2013)
Red Earth Review (2013)
Mad Hatters’ Review (Winter 2013 – 2014)
The Undertow Review (2014)
The Best of the Fuquay-Varina Reading Series 2014 (Main Street Rag)
Animal Poems (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2014)


International Poetry Review (2011)
Asheville Poetry Review (2011)
Beatitude: Golden Anniversary, 1959-2009
(April 2010)
The Citron Review (2013)


The Indie (2011 – 2014)
WNC Magazine (2009 – 2011)
Terrain.org (April 2010)









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2 Responses to “About Caleb Beissert”

  1. Dear Mr. Beissert,

    I am writing on behalf of the the North Carolina Poetry Society. Did you work with Cathy Smith Bowers as a mentee in the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series? I want to make sure you are the person I’m trying to reach.

    Best wishes,

    David Radavich

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