Cait Emma Smith is a Chinese-Romanian American UX writer, spoken word poet, public speaker, and hula dancer for the Na Mele O Ke Kai hālau. Born and raised a proud hapa girl in Honolulu, Hawai’i, she’s lived in Dublin, Miami, and New Orleans. Now, she hangs her hat in mountainous San Luis Obispo, California.
Though Cait’s roots are in the liberal arts (causing her mother much stress), her career took a fabulously Frostian* turn into the tech industry. She’s currently a UX Writer and the Chair of Professional Development for Women in Tech at MINDBODY, where she gets to design software and decide which words go on which buttons. Before that, she was the Director of Outreach for Dozuki and three-season host of The Dozuki Workshop Series because of her chatty proclivities. She was also a writing instructor at California Polytechnic State University.
Her personal art focuses on gender, race, trauma, and relationships. These passions have led Cait to work at the San Luis Obispo Juvenile Hall as well as co-found three creative writing workshops for youths: Inside Voices (2013), HerVoice (2015), and Summer of Sisterhood (2017). In addition, she’s rebuilt homes in post-Katrina Louisiana, assisted in women’s resource centers, and counseled disabled children. In the evenings and on weekends, she travels around California performing her poetry and giving talks on these experiences.
A loyal servant to the serial comma and em dash—she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Women’s Studies from Loyola University New Orleans and a Master of Arts in English from California Polytechnic State University. (Her mother was ultimately very happy.)
Contact her about performances, talks, workshops, software design, and grammar.
*Humans have little control. Amiright?