Mina Schwabacher Professor of English/Creative Writing and Humanities (Sabbatical 2022-23 Academic Year)

Olin Hall 225
509-527-5186 (phone) 509-527-5039 (fax)


Iowa Writers' Workshop

Harvard University

Katrina Roberts directs the Visiting Writers Reading Series here on campus - bringing established and emerging writers to share work with the community.  Her literary interests include, among other things -- the lyric essay, contemporary fiction, world poetries, hybrid genres, book arts, children's books, and visual journals/graphic texts.  She's been a faculty adviser at various times to The Blue Moon, and Scraps, and has been involved in reading for the One Act Play Contest. Recipient of the 2003 Adam Dublin Award (with Prawin Adhikari) for the study of Global Multiculturalism, she has overseen a wide range of independent study and thesis projects in creative writing.

Before coming to Whitman, she taught courses at many institutions, including Boston University, Harvard University Extension School, the College of the Holy Cross, University of Southern Maine, Keene State College, the University of Iowa, the Institute for Writing & Thinking at Bard College, and the Northwest Writers Institute (Fir Acres Program) at Lewis & Clark College.

For more information, please visit www.katrinaroberts.net.

Roberts has published four books of poetry.  Her first book, How Late Desire Looks, received the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize and was published by Gibbs-Smith in 1997. Her second book of poems, The Quick, was selected by MacArthur fellow Linda Bierds as part of the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series (University of Washington Press 2005), and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.  Her third book, Friendly Fire, was selected by Robin Becker as the winner of the 2007 Idaho Prize in Poetry, and published by Lost Horse Press in 2008; it too was named a finalist for the Washington State Book Award.  Her most recent book, Underdog, was published in June 2011, also by the University of Washington Press (in the Pacific Northwest Poetry Series). Her work also appears in anthologies such as The Pushcart Prize Anthology, The Best American Poetry, The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets, Contemporary Northwest Poets, Life on the Line, and Never Before: Poems About First Experiences.  Roberts also writes fiction, and creative nonfiction. "Undercurrent," appears in Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Creative Nonfiction, ed. Judith Kitchen (W.W. Norton, 2005.)  Recipient of various travel grants and funding from organizations such as Harvard University, the St. Botolph Society, and Massachusetts Cultural Council, Roberts has lived overseas in Wales, France, Switzerland, and Italy.  She was Theodore Morrison Poetry Scholar at Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.