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Scott T. Starbuck

Author's Bio

In 2014 Scott T. Starbuck said The National Poetry Series accepting support from Exxon was like God asking Satan if he could spare some change for the cause. His 104-page book is Industrial Oz: Ecopoems (Fomite, 2015), and his "Manifesto from Poet on a Dying Planet" is at splitrockreview.org/news He was invited to a "Community Collaboration (Art and Ecology) Thematic Residency (with a focus on Climate Change)" at Playa in July. He will work alongside climate scientists or science writers, artists, and authors as he develops his third book of ecopoems. A 2013 Artsmith Fellow on Orcas Island, his poetry focuses on the clash between ancient sustaining life forces like wild salmon rivers with modern industrial lives. A former charter captain and commercial fisherman, he is a Creative Writing Coordinator and World Literature Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College. After publicly challenging a representative of the offshore oil industry in 1989, he wrote The City of Depoe Bay's Memorial Against Offshore Oil Drilling to the Oregon Governor's Ocean Resources Management Task Force to help stop oil rigs off the Oregon Coast. December 12, 2015, he read poems from Industrial Oz: Ecopoems to over 500 marchers at a Rally for Climate Justice Event in Balboa Park, San Diego. His second book Lost Salmon is forthcoming from MoonPath Press in summer of 2016.

Publications and Prizes

Industrial Oz (Fomite, 2015)
The Other History or unreported and underreported issues, scenes, and events of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries (FutureCycle Press, 2013), River Walker (Mountains and Rivers Press, 2012), The Warrior Poems (Pudding House Publications, 2010), The Eyes of Those Who Broke Free (Pudding House Publications, 2000)
Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2010), Salt, an Anthology of Oregon Coastal Poems (Nestucca Spit Press, 2005)
Amsterdam Quarterly, Blueline, Confrontation, Cream City Review, Elohi Gadugi Journal, Hubbub, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Oregon English Journal, Owen Wister Review, Pemmican Press, Rougarou, San Pedro River Review, Spillway Magazine, Still Point Arts Quarterly, Talking River, The Kerf, The Los Angeles Review, The Oregonian, The Portland Review, The Raven Chronicles, Untitled Country Review
2004 Writer-in-residence, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on Cascade Head, Oregon

Teacher of the Year, 1993, Glendale Community College in Arizona

Clay-poem, “Napali,” appeared in the May and June 2013 Particles on the Wall Exhibit about the “lasting impacts of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and the nuclear age,” sponsored by the Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR).

Starbuck's poem, "Jacob Describes the Man Behind the Counter," was one of five runners up from over 900 entries at the 2011 Beyond Baroque Poetry Contest in Venice, CA. The poem was published in The Los Angeles Review, Issue 12, Fall 2012.

His activist chapbook, The Warrior Poems, was one of six finalists of over 500 entries at the 2009 Pudding House Chapbook Contest, featuring protest poems about human rights, animal rights, media distortions, Iraq War, sour economy, and the G.W. Bush presidency. The back cover notes, “Warrior is a muse who visits Pacific Northwest rivers.”

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Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Ocean by God, Rivers by God, Mt. Hood by God, Human Eyeballs by God, Swainson's Hawk Carrying Snake by God
Favorite Books:

A Glass Face in the Rain by William Stafford, The Moon Reflected Fire by Doug Anderson, What Happened When He Went to the Store for Bread by Alden Nowlan, The Light the Dead See by Frank Stanford, River by Ted Hughes, American Primitive by Mary Oliver, Turtle Island by Gary Snyder, The Light Around the Body by Robert Bly, The River Why by David James Duncan, Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey, Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt, anything by Rumi

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Listing last updated: April 4, 2016

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