Scott T. Starbuck

San Diego, CA 92109

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 book of climate change poems, Hawk on Wire (Fomite, 2017), was selected from over 1,500 entries as a Montaigne Medal Finalist at Eric Hoffer Awards for "the most thought-provoking books." The book, written at a PLAYA climate change residency, was a July 2017 "Editor's Pick" at along with The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury, and was featured at Yale Climate Connections. There is a 24-minute YouTube of his book launch sponsored by La Jolla Historical Society's WEATHER ON STEROIDS EXHIBIT. In addition to being a poet, Starbuck participated in, and presented at, the UCSD Climate Curriculum Workshop, gathering ideas for his science-based poems. His climate ecoblog is Trees, Fish, and Dreams with over 40,000 pageviews from all over the globe, and his “Manifesto from Poet on a Dying Planet”is at Split Rock Review < >. He was a core speaker at the 17th annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC), hosted in 2018 by University of California, Santa Barbara. Starbuck and artist Guy Denning < > are finishing Carbonfish Blues with a publication date of November 2018. Denning's drawings, murals, and paintings of activism, refugees, human vulnerability, and realism are known throughout Europe.

Publications and Prizes

Carbonfish Blues
(Fomite, 2018)
, Hawk on Wire
(Fomite, 2017)
, Industrial Oz
(Fomite, 2015)
, Lost Salmon
(MoonPath Press, 2016)
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 Review, The Kerf, The Los Angeles Review, The Oregonian, Portland Review, Raven Chronicles, Untitled Country Review
River Walker
(Mountains and Rivers Press, 2012)
, The Eyes of Those Who Broke Free
(Pudding House Publications, 2000)
, The Other History or unreported and underreported issues, scenes, and events of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries
(FutureCycle Press, 2013)
, The Warrior Poems
(Pudding House Publications, 2010)
Prizes Won: 
Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems was a 2018 Montaigne Medal Finalist sponsored by Eric Hoffer Awards ("[from over 1,500 entries] to the most thought-provoking books"); Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems was a July 12, 2017 "Editor's Pick" at; Starbuck's poem, "Jacob Describes the Man Behind the Counter," won honorable mention 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); Teacher of the Year, 1993, Glendale Community College in Arizona

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

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Tigard, OR
from Carbonfish Blues (Fomite, 2018), and in Blotterature Literary Magazine: Sea Change -- What if, glacially-speaking,/ all Earth maps are wrong?// Walking among fireflies/ and shining dead stars/ what else will you question?
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Last updated: Feb 10, 2019