Katy Gurin earned a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University in 2011 and an MFA in poetry from UC Riverside in 2019. Her awards include the Dean's Distinguished Fellowship from UC Riverside, the Community of Writers fellowship from UC Riverside, and the Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers Conference. Katy's poems have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Blue Earth Review, Sinking City, Flyway, and elsewhere. She was Associate Editor of the winter/spring 2022 issue of About Place.
Katy has worked as an engineer on projects throughout California, including the restoration of Wishon Quarry, the decommissioning of the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant, and the removal of San Clemente Dam. She co-founded the climate activist groups 350 Humboldt and 350 Riverside. She lives in Eureka, CA and works as a project manager for a conservation nonprofit.
Galore is a book-length collection of poems about climate activism, biodiversity, and the history of earth's climate.
"(...)before that day,
I thought extinct life was defective. I thought
my ancestors—metaspriggina, tiktaalik—
were incomplete. I couldn't imagine how easy it is to lose a world."— "Fire Season 2020"
The author is currently seeking publication for this debut collection.