Katrina
Naomi

poet tutor poetry mentor translator critic

Katrina is based in Cornwall, UK and works internationally. Her poetry has featured on Poems on the Underground and been broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, Poetry Please, and BBC TV’s Spotlight. She recently won the Keats-Shelley Prize with ‘in the kelp forest’. 

Katrina was the first writer-in-residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum and the Leach Pottery. She is currently collaborating with a dancer and choreographer. Katrina holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths. She is working on her fourth collection.

Latest Books

Same But Different

Same But Different (Hazel Press, 2021), a poetic collaboration between Katrina Naomi and Helen Mort, is the winner of the 2022 Saboteur Award. It focusing on dialogue, friendship and sisterhood, was launched by the London Review Bookshop on 30 September 2021. 

‘Seriously good poetry.’ 
Carla Scarano D’Antonio

Wild Persistence​

Katrina’s third full collection, Wild Persistence, for which she received an Authors’ Foundation award, was published in June 2020 by Seren.
This is Katrina’s first collection since moving to Cornwall.

‘This is a collection to win readers and then pull the ground from beneath them.’
Liz Berry

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You’ll be joining over 650 subscribers who receive info on opportunities for writers and Katrina’s mini review of a new poetry collection, all in ‘short & sweet’, each month. 

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Other Books

The Way the Crocodile Taught Me

Katrina Naomi’s The Way the Crocodile Taught Me (Seren, 2016), her second full collection, was chosen by Foyles Bookshop as one of its #FoylesFive for poetry.

Typhoon Etiquette

Typhoon Etiquette (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), a Japan-themed collection, was written during a six-week stay in Japan, working on an Arts Council/British Council-funded trip.

The Girl with the Cactus Handshake

Katrina’s first full collection, The Girl with the Cactus Handshake, (Templar Poetry, 2009), was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council Award.

Hooligans

Hooligans, (Rack Press, 2015) was inspired by the Suffragettes and written during a residency at Gladstone’s Library. It is Rack Press’s best-selling pamphlet.

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Charlotte Bronte’s Corset

Katrina was the first writer-in-residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, which resulted in the pamphlet Charlotte Bronte’s Corset (Bronte Society, 2010).

Lunch at the Elephant & Castle

Katrina won the Templar Poetry Competition, with her pamphlet, Lunch at the Elephant & Castle (Templar Poetry, 2008).