Kate Buckley is the City of Laguna Beach's first Poet Laureate. She assumed her role May 2017, and will spend the year sharing poetry with the City on this website, via social media, and in the City's Cultural Arts Newsletter. She will work with City staff to encourage enthusiasm about poetry, literacy, and literary events. She will write one or more commemorative poems about Laguna Beach.
Kate Buckley's poems have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Cafe Review, North American Review, Shenandoah, Slipstream and numerous anthologies. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and is the author of A Wild Region (Moon Tide Press) and Follow Me Down (Tebot Bach).
A four-time Pushcart Prize nominee (poetry and creative nonfiction), Kate's awards include a Gabehart Prize and the North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Prize. Her short story, "The Gods of Flight," was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. Charles Harper Webb said of her work, "Vivid, passionate, pulsing with life in the face of loss and pain, these incantations bravely seek to void The Void. They are poems to conjure with." Kate is currently serving as the Poet Laureate of Laguna Beach.
Also a classically trained artist, working primarily in acrylics and mixed media collage, Kate explores subject matter ranging from mythology to philosophical quandaries of the modern age. Informed by her work as a poet, her serene and dreamlike images create worlds all their own.
To read poems Kate selected to share with the City of Laguna Beach, click here.