Scott T. Starbuck


Washington US

Author's Bio

Since 2019 Scott T. Starbuck taught ecopoetry workshops at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in the UC San Diego Masters of Advanced Studies Program in Climate Science and Policy (MAS CSP). His book, Bridge at the End of the World, New and Selected Poems, won a 2023 Blue Light Book Award. In 2014 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 crisis 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" < >.Written at a PLAYA climate change residency, it was a July 2017 "Editor's Pick" at, and was featured at Yale Climate Connections. His Trees, Fish, and Dreams Climateblog > has readers in 110 countries, and his “Manifesto from Poet on a Dying Planet” is at Split Rock Review < >. His book Industrial Oz (Fomite, 2015) was praised by Bill McKibben. In 2016 he called TV news stations on behalf of San Diego area tribes as hundreds of activists rallied in downtown San Diego in solidarity with water protectors against Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. Starbuck and artist Guy Denning < > teamed to make Carbonfish Blues (Fomite, 2018). Denning's drawings, murals, and paintings of activism, refugees, human vulnerability, and realism are known throughout Europe. Starbuck's Between River & Street (Moonpath, 2021) < > documents vanishing Pacific Northwest salmon culture before it may be gone.

Publications & Prizes

River Poems (Penguin Random House, 2022)
FOR LOVE OF ORCAS (Wandering Aengus Press, 2019)
Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology (Salmon Poetry (Ireland), 2010)
Salt, an Anthology of Oregon Coastal Poems (Nestucca Spit Press, 2005)
Bridge at the End of the World, New and Selected Poems (Blue Light Press, 2023)
Between River & Street (MoonPath Press, 2021)
Carbonfish Blues (Fomite, 2018)
Hawk on Wire (Fomite, 2017)
Lost Salmon (MoonPath Press, 2016)
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 (Contest Finalist) (Pudding House Publications, 2010)
The Eyes of Those Who Broke Free (Pudding House Publications, 2000)
Amsterdam Quarterly
Analog Sea Review
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Oregon English Journal
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Pemmican Press
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Spillway Magazine
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Talking River
The Kerf
The Oregonian
The Raven Chronicles
Untitled Country Review
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Bridge at the End of the World, New and Selected Poems, won a 2023 Blue Light Book Award; 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 national 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

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Tigard, OR
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Last update: May 21, 2024