Katrina Roberts writes and draws in Walla Walla, Washington. She's published four books of poems: Underdog; Friendly Fire; The Quick; and How Late Desire Looks, and edited the anthology: Because You Asked: A Book of Answers on the Art & Craft of the Writing Life. Her chapbook LACE has just been selected as winner of Floating Bridge Press's publication prize (forthcoming fall 2019). At Whitman College, she curates the Visiting Writers Reading Series and, in her role as the Mina Schwabacher Professor of English and the Humanities, teaches courses in writing & literature including graphic poetry & visual narratives.
Her graphic work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, appears and is forthcoming in a range of venues including Poetry Northwest, Root & Star, Permafrost, The Ilanot Review, and the anthology Lilac City Fairy Tales, Vol. IV, and is forthcoming in Evergreen: Fairy Tales, Essays, and Fables from the Dark Northwest (Scablands Books). Her work has been a finalist for the AWP conference contest to benefit their mentorship program, and for The New Alchemy Prize (2019).
Over ten years ago, she co-founded & continues to operate Tytonidae Cellars and the Walla Walla Distilling Company; she's written about wine and spirits for the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. Recently, she's taken on a position writing reviews (for poetry, comics, and nonfiction in wine/spirits) for the New York Journal of Books.
Before she moved to the Pacific Northwest to get some grapevines in the ground, she had 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). She's a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She lives with her partner, Jeremy Barker, their three children, and a menagerie of animals, in the midst of a vineyard.