b. December 11th, 1985 in Berkeley, California
Raised in the Bay Area, Castle Rock, Colorado, and Olathe, Kansas
Lives in Oakland, California
Keith Mark Gaboury earned a M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. His poems have appeared in such literary publications as Poetry Quarterly and New Millennium Writings along with chapbooks from Duck Lake Books and The Pedestrian Press. He has a forthcoming chapbook from Finishing Line Press. Keith lives in Oakland, California.
Keith Mark Gaboury earned a B.A. in English: Concentration in Creative Writing from Baker University (2008), a M.A. in English: Concentration in Literature from San Francisco State University (2010), and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing: Concentration in Poetry from Emerson College (2013).
For more than fifteen years, Keith Mark Gaboury has spearheaded action to promote literary engagement. Moving forward, he is seeking to build more literary avenues in the Bay Area, nationally, and globally. Feel free to contact him if you’re interested in a collaboration to support a platform of expression from a diverse range of voices who have a right to be heard.
In the Bay Area, he is a regular attendee at literary readings, open mics, and workshops, including Saturday Night Special, Naked Bulb, Quiet Lightning, and The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute.
From such topics as science fiction, surrealism, and religion, his poetry perceives reality through a disjointed lens. Whether a poem travels to the moon Europa or slithers along a Brooklyn sidewalk, unexpectedness is ripped open where the strange is truly beautiful.
Keith is a poet, preschool teacher, and runner in Oakland, California.
Keith Mark Gaboury earned a M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College, but then he needed to move from fantasy to money. So he started working as a preschool teacher. In 2016, Keith rode a dragon from Massachusetts to California, her claws now planted in Oakland. He now writes poetry and instills dragon empathy into young minds.
Why I Became a Poet
I’ve always loved language. As a eight year old, I was published in Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans (1995 Edition). As a child, language captivated me. I’ve carried that wonder throughout middle and high school, college, and into adulthood. On my first day of college at Baker University, I knew I wanted to be an English major. Throughout my development as a poet, I’ve had important teachers along the way that have taught and inspired me, including Molly Runde (Olathe North High School), Marty Mihalyi (Baker University), Camille Dungy (San Francisco State University), John Skoyles, Peter Shippy, and Jonathan Aaron (Emerson College). All these people played a vital role in the poet I am today. Thank you to all these amazing teachers.