Scott T. Starbuck

Battle Ground, WA

Former Depoe Bay, Oregon, charter captain and commercial salmon troller, Scott T. Starbuck fishes rivers from the Smith in California to the Thompson in Canada, and east to the Snake in Idaho. His climateblog Trees, Fish, and Dreams has 51,000 views from 74 countries, and his book of climate poems Hawk on Wire was a July 2017 "Editors Pick" (along with The Collected Stories of Ray Bradbury) at, and selected from over 1,500 books as a 2018 Montaigne Medal Finalist at Eric Hoffer Awards for "the most thought-provoking books." His “Manifesto from Poet on a Dying Planet” is at Split Rock Review.  He recently had a poem in the anthology FOR LOVE OF ORCAS edited by Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson, and received permission to include some of the orca poems on his blog. Starbuck works as a Creative Writing Coordinator at San Diego Mesa College.

River Reflections
Scott T. Starbuck

When I was 18 a famous writer called me

after I entered a story contest in the Oregonian’s

Northwest Magazine.


“You didn’t win,” he started,

“but I saw your piece in Salmon Trout Steelheader

and have a friend from out of town.”

“Can you give usa few fishing spots?”

I gave him a few spots and tips

reflecting how even the most accomplished

turn to locals in the end

as it will be with climate change,

formerly secluded mansion millionaire

hungry beyond belief

asking some rough or urchin

where he can catch a fish.

© 2019 by Cascadia Rising Review

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