Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Katherine Larson

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Writing for Social Change

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 (former recipients of the prize include Yevgeny Yevtushenko and Tony Harrison). 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.

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

Recent Publications

The Speechless Ones, (Interlinea Press, 2016)

Radial Symmetry, (Yale University Press, 2011)

“Portraits of Bees,” Orion 35th Anniversary Edition, 2018.

Tierras Áridas: A collaborative project with visual artists Miriam del Saz Barragan, Heather Green, Rogelio Gutierrez, Daniel Mayer, and Philip Zimmermann. Exhibited at the Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain, 2018.

“Aqueducts,” “Reading Biographies,” The Maine Review: Spring 2017.

Awards and Recognition

   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