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 climateblog Trees, Fish, and Dreams has 48,000 views from 68 countries, 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 < > teamed to make Carbonfish Blues (Fomite, 2018). Denning's drawings, murals, and paintings of activism, refugees, human vulnerability, and realism are known throughout Europe.

Publications & Prizes

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)
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 (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 Los Angeles Review
The Oregonian
Untitled Country Review
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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
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Last update: May 17, 2019