Katie Ford (poet)

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Katie Ford is an American poet, Essayist, and Professor.


Katie Ford was born April 29th, 1975 in Portland Oregon. "She began writing at the age of nineteen, while earning her B.A. in English from Whitman College. Soon after, she earned her Master’s in Divinity from Harvard. Ford went on to pursue her Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA), with a concentration in poetry, from the Iowa’s Writers Workshop. Along with her published poetry collections— Deposition, Colosseum,and Storm—her individual poems and essays can be found in many contemporary journals and reviews. Ford is currently a professor at University of California, Riverside.


Katie Ford was born in Portland, Oregon on April 29, 1975, to Mary and Michael Ford. She has two siblings, Kristin and Brian.

While a 19-year-old student at Whitman College earning her B.A. in English, Ford began writing poetry. In an interview with Devil’s Lake magazine board member, Nancy Reddy, Ford attributed her growth as a writer to poet, author, and playwright, Tess Gallagher: “In my last year of college, I studied under Tess Gallagher, and that was utterly formative for my ideas about poetry and poetics, especially in terms of lyricism and figuration.”

Ford also credits poet, Jorie Graham, for inspiration during her studies at Harvard, where she earned a Master’s in Divinity and began work on her first poetry collection, Deposition. She then went on to receive a Master’s in Fine Arts (MFA) from the University of Iowa.

Ford’s individual poems have appeared in many journals and reviews, such as American Literary Review,The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Seneca Review, Ploughshares, Poets & Writer, and Pleiades. She has three published works, including Deposition, Colosseum, and Storm. Her debut collection, Deposition, confronts God, violence, and Christian belief.

Her book Colosseum, which was named “Best Book of 2008” by Publishers Weekly,explores the theme of ruination and pulls from Ford’s personal experiences as a resident of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina drove thousands out of their homes. The New York Times Book Review stated that Ford’s poetry, “possess[es] the veiled brilliance of stained glass windows seen at night.” With short lyrical poems, Storm continues on the theme of ruination with a focus on the efforts to escape New Orleans in the aftermath of the hurricane.

Ford’s poem, “The Soul,” from her forthcoming book, Blood Lyrics (Graywolf Press, 2014) was selected for publication by the Public Poetry Project of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book in 2013.

From 2005-2009, Katie Ford served as the poetry editor of the New Orleans Review and taught at Loyola University and Reed College. She taught creative writing and literature in contemporary poetry at Franklin and Marshall College and is now at the Department of Creative Writing in the University of California, Riverside [1]




  • Ford, Katie (2002). Deposition. 
  • — (2007). Storm. Marick Press. 
  • — (2008). Colosseum. Graywolf Press. 
  • -- (2014) Blood Lyrics Graywolf Press
  • -- (2008) Storm, a chapbook. Grosse Pointe Farms: Marick Press.


Title Year First published Reprinted/collected in
  • Ford, Katie (2008). Colosseum. Graywolf Press. 
  • "Colosseum". Poets.org. 

Essays and reporting[edit]


  • Lannan Foundation Fellowship
  • Levis Reading Prize
  • grants from the Academy of American Poets and the PEN American Center


It’s difficult to find poetry as rich in lyrical power as that of Katie Ford—and this time around she has chosen a subject that readily lends itself to her vividly detailed, forcefully compelling voice. Colosseum (Graywolf Press) reflects on ancient ruins, war-ravaged lands, and such natural disasters as Hurricane Katrina and its catastrophic impact.[2]


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