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Katrina Roberts

County: Walla Walla County




Grants for Artist Projects 2011
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Katrina Roberts’ poetry has been included in many books and publications and she has published three collections of poems (How Late Desire Looks, The Quick, and Friendly Fire). She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is the Mina Schwabacher Professor of English and the Humanities at Whitman College, where she directs the Visiting Writers Reading Series. After a stint on the island of Iowa City (amidst corn and lively conversation), and a decade’s run of adjunct teaching in Cambridge, MA (Harvard Extension, Boston University, Holy Cross, Keene State College, University of Southern Maine, Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking, etc.), she moved to the Pacific Northwest to teach at Whitman College.

Katrina received a 2011 GAP to finish renovating her old tool shed into a place where she can write. She’s working on new poems, and beginning a sequence of lyric essays, and the privacy of a writing studio will allow her to close a door and hear herself think in a sustained way such that she might navigate how these new projects might best take shape. The structure will be weatherized—insulated, and ventilated, and the electricity upgraded.

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