Katrina Naomi was born and raised in Margate, Kent and lives in Cornwall.

Her third full collection, Wild Persistence, is published by Seren in June.

Katrina’s poetry has been published in The TLS, on Poems on the Underground and broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. She was the first writer-in-residence at the Bronte Parsonage Museum.

She tutors for Arvon, the Poetry School and Ty Newydd, and runs Poetry Surgeries for the Poetry Society.

She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Goldsmiths (her research is on violence in contemporary poetry).

Katrina performs her poetry internationally, most recently in Japan. In 2020, she will travel to Mexico to begin work on a new project.

Her poetry has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes and she has received commissions from the BBC, Imperial College and the Turner Contemporary. 

Katrina recently received an an Authors’ Foundation award from the Society of Authors for her work on Wild Persistence.

News about Katrina’s 3rd collection, Wild Persistence

To be published by Seren in June 2020.

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Typhoon etiquette

Typhoon etiquette (2019), a Japanese-themed collection, written during a six-week stay in Japan, working on an Arts Council/British Council-funded trip.

The Way the Crocodile Taught Me

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

The Girl with the Cactus Handshake

Her first full collection, The Girl with the Cactus Handshake, was shortlisted for the London New Poetry Award and received an Arts Council Award.


Hooligans, is Katrina’s 2015 pamphlet (Rack Press), and is inspired by the Suffragettes. It is Rack Press’s best-selling pamphlet.

Charlotte Bronte’s Corset

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

Lunch at the Elephant & Castle

She is a previous winner of the Templar Poetry Competition, with her pamphlet, Lunch at the Elephant & Castle (Templar Poetry).