Katrinka Moore started out in dance and
choreography, made a brief foray into performance art, and shifted to poetry, eventually bringing visual
components into her work. She is the author of
Numa, Thief, This is Not a Story, and the forthcoming
Wayfarers. This is Not a Story won the New Women’s
Voices Prize in 2003 and Thief was a contest finalist in 2008 for Marsh Hawk Press, Cleveland State
University Poetry Center, and the Wick Poetry Prize.
She has poems in the Paulinskill Poetry Project’s Voices from Here, Vol.
II, Milkweed Editions’ Stories from Where We Live, The Best of the Texas Poetry
Calendar, and This Full Green Hour, an anthology of the One O’clock Poets.
Her work appears in many online and print journals, including Brooklyn
Review, Dépositions le blog, Ducts.org, First Literary Review-East, Found Poetry Review, Leaping Clear, The Little Magazine, MungBeing, Otoliths, Poetry
Motel, Snorkel, and Stillwater Review.
I read and write poetry to explore the experience of living, the mystery of existence, our connection to the universe and all things within it. I’m interested in complementary elements, such as sound and quietness, movement and stillness, as both means and end. My poems are set in the natural world and trace sensations of being in this place at this moment.
On visual art:
In making visual art, as in writing poems, I study the material to approach the spiritual, an attempt at transcendence that is rooted in nature. I make assemblages primarily out of natural elements and place them in a stark universe, wilderness, a setting for apprehension, appreciation of beauty, and contemplation.