Katrina
Naomi

Her 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 was shortlisted for the 2021 Alpine Fellowships Writing Prize, and highly commended in the Forward Prizes. Her debut pamphlet won the 2008 Templar Competition.

Katrina 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.  

She has received commissions from the BBC, Imperial College and the Turner Contemporary, and residencies at the Arnolfini, Gladstone’s Library and the Leach Pottery. She is judging the 2021 Stanza Competition for the Poetry Society.

Katrina performs her poetry internationally, including in the US, Japan and Mexico. She made her first podcast with the US-based Love Your Enthusiasm in 2020.

Katrina is chair of the Society of Authors’ Poetry & Spoken Word Group.

She was born in raised in Margate, Kent and lives in Cornwall.

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Latest Books

Same But Different

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

Katrina has just won the 2021 Keats-Shelley Prize with her poem ‘In the kelp forest’.

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.

‘Funny, moving, surprising, unflinching and, above all else…joyous’
Helen Mort

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 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.

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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).