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. In July of 2016 he was awarded a climate change residency at PLAYA where he wrote Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems. He worked alongside a climate scientist, and other artists and writers on creative nonviolent responses to climate change. 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 in Balboa Park, San Diego.

Publications and Prizes

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, The Portland Review, The 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: selected Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems as a July 12, 2017 "Editor's Pick"; 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," 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;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.”

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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Last updated: Aug 18, 2017