Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Katherine Larson

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction

Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office - 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04102


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • MFA, University of Virginia
  • BS, University of Arizona
  • BA, University of Arizona


Katherine Larson's first book, Radial Symmetry, was selected by Louise Glück as winner of the 2010 Yale Series of Younger Poets and published by Yale University Press in 2011. The collection was subsequently awarded the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Levis Reading Prize, and Foreword's Best Poetry Book of the Year. Her second book, The Speechless Ones (Interlinea Press, 2016), was selected for the UNESCO City of Vercelli International Civic Poetry Prize for its emphasis on writing that embraces the ecological imperative for social change (other recipients of the prize include Adam Zagajewski and Yevgeny Yevtushenko). She is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, an Arizona Commission for the Arts Research and Development Grant, and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Poetry Prize.

Larson’s poems and essays have appeared in journals such as AGNI, Alaska Quarterly Review, Blackbird, Boulevard, Crab Orchard Review, The Kenyon Review, The Maine Review, The Massachusetts Review, Notre Dame Review, Orion, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poetry Northwest, and The Scientist. Her work has also been anthologized in Read America(s) and Prentice Hall’s Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing, and translated into Norwegian, Portuguese, Albanian, Polish, Italian and Spanish.

Larson volunteers her time as a PEN America Prison Writing Program Mentor and is active with organizations and artists dedicated to conservation, sustainable development, and environmental education in the Gulf of California. She has spent years working in the field of molecular biology and currently lives in Arizona with her family.

Her third book, a collection of lyric essays, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions.

Areas of Scholarship

Contemporary world poetry; personal, lyric, and hybrid essays; ecocriticism and environmental literature, 20th Century French Poetry, art-science collaboration, Japanese literature of the Showa period

Awards and Recognition

Sowell Collection Fellowship, Texas Tech University

UNESCO’s City of Vercelli International Civic Poetry Prize (XII Ed.)

Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Science, Artist-In-Residence

Levis Reading Prize

Foreword Book of the Year Gold Medal Prize

Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize

Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Poetry Prize

Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship

Professional Activity

Tierras Áridas: A collaboration with visual artists Miriam del Saz Barragan, Heather Green, Rogelio Gutierrez, Daniel Mayer, and Philip Zimmermann exploring drylands and climate change. Exhibited at the Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain.

Ghost Net Project. A poetry/art collaboration with visual artist Heather Green. Funds raised from the sale of the artwork were donated to sustainable fisheries in the Sea of Cortez. Exhibited at Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery, University of Arizona Poetry Center.

Cartography: “Latitude” and “Longitude.” A collaborative project with musician Vicki Brown. Exhibited at the Jeremy Ingalls Gallery, University of Arizona Poetry Center.