b. 1985 in Berkeley, California

Raised in The Bay Area, Castle Rock, Colorado, and Olathe, Kansas

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).

In the Bay Area, he is a regular attendee at literary readings, open mics, and workshops, including Saturday Night Special, Naked BulbQuiet Lightning, and The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute.  

From such topics as science fiction, surrealism, and religion, Keith’s 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.  

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Over the past fifteen years, Keith Mark Gaboury has spearheaded action to promote literary engagement. Moving forward, Keith is seeking to build more literary avenues within both the Bay Area and nationally. Contact him if you are interested in collaborating to support platforms of expression from a diverse range of voices who have a right to be heard.

  • In January 2020, Keith’s top five poetry books (#TPQ5) appeared in The Poetry Question.
  • Beginning in 2019, Keith collaborates on The Muurje Project by showcasing his own poetry and recording poetry by other poets, such as with “Runaway Legs” and “Energy in the Demise of Mama Bear and Santa Claus.”
  • Beginning in 2016, Keith serves as an Eric Hoffer Book Award judge within the poetry category. After reading 20 poetry collections per year, he selects the top 3 collections and writes a 150-word summary on each book.
  • From 2011 – 2014, he served as co-founder, editor-in-chief, nonfiction editor, and content writer for Words Apart, a social justice-themed online literary magazine. He also read his critical essays at issue release events.
  • Between 2011 – 2012, Keith wrote book reviews on poetry collections for Write From Wrong Magazine, such as Fabio Morabito’s Toolbox, Tyehimba Jess’ Leadbelly, Thomas Sayers Ellis’ Skin Inc.: Identity Repair Poems, and Camille Dungy’s Smith Blue
  • In 2010, he worked as a slush pile poetry reader for Ploughshares, Emerson College’s nationally recognized literary journal.
  • In 2008 – 2010, Keith served on the poetry committee and distribution team for 14 Hills, San Francisco State University’s high-quality literary journal. In doing so, he served as a voice in making final poetry submission selections and distributing the journal into many bookstores both locally and nationally.
  • In spring 2007, he founded and served as the editor-in-chief for Harlaxton Showcase in England, Harlaxton College’s short-run literary journal.
  • From 2004 – 2008, Keith worked on the submissions selection committee for Watershed, Baker University’s student-run literary journal.

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Keith would love to read poetry at an event you’re curating and/or collaborate with you on building a platform of literary expression. Please reach out for inquiry and Keith will respond in a timely manner. He hopes to chat with you soon!


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