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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, SOVO//, and elsewhere. She is Associate Editor of Forecast and 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 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 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. 

"(...)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. 



Four Poems

After Lily Simonson's Party of Yetis

Guess Who

Paleozoic Plate Tectonics

One Story Leaving, Decommissioning the HBPP, and Wedgewood

New Volunteers

from Guess Who



Six Poems



Upcoming Events

  • TBD
    Wonder Wednesdays at the Sanctuary
    The Sanctuary
    Time is TBD
    The Sanctuary , 1301 J Street Arcata, CA 95521
  • Earth Day Reading
    Online Event
    Apr 22, 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM PDT
    Online Event
    This year's event will focus on trees and forests, the thematic of the 2021 ecoartspace online juried exhibition + book titled Embodied Forest. https://ecoartspace.org/event-4229664
  • Reading with cello accompaniment
    Jan 12, 2020, 7:00 PM PST
    Arcata, Arcata, CA, USA
    Reading with Jacqueline Suskin, Suellen Primost, Kristy Hellum, and Laurie Birdsong. Space is limited; contact for details


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