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. Her first book, Many-Splendored Fishes, was a finalist for the 2019 Hillary Gravendyk prize, and her chapbook, One Story Leaving, is forthcoming from Ladybones Press.
Her poems have appeared in Narrative Magazine, Blue Earth Review, Sinking City, SOVO//, and elsewhere. She co-founded the climate activist groups 350 Riverside and 350 Humboldt. She 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 lives in Eureka, CA and works as a senior analyst on the Humboldt Regional Climate Action Plan.
Galore is a book-length collection of poems informed by the author's experiences as an environmental engineer and climate activist. Galore establishes the history of life on earth— particularly life's aquatic origins— as a source of personal meaning and connection. Galore's speaker cycles through wonder, solastalgia, and determination as she arrives at an understanding of climate as central to the story of life. For her, climate activism becomes a way to meaningfully participate in this story.
"(...)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.
After Lily Simonson's Party of Yetis
Paleozoic Plate Tectonics
One Story Leaving, Decommissioning the HBPP, and Wedgewood
from Guess Who