b. December 11th, 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 Bulb, Quiet Lightning, and The San Francisco Creative Writing Institute.
Keith enjoys building a literary movement through multiple avenues. By volunteering at a youth writing center in Oakland, assisting as a co-leader in a creative writing class in San Francisco, collaborating with a literary associate in Paris, France, serving as a poetry judge for a small press book award, and establishing a professional network within the California Writers Club, Keith actively engages with the writing community in the Bay Area and beyond.
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 Mark Gaboury is a poet and preschool teacher in Oakland, California.
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.
- Since January 2020, Keith is an active member of the Berkeley Branch of The California Writers Club. Beginning in April 2020, he is on the membership board as the Public Relations Representative.
- Since April 2020, Keith has led a bi-monthly poetry workshop in Oakland, California.
- In January 2020, Keith’s top five poetry books (#TPQ5) appeared in The Poetry Question.
- Since Fall 2019, Keith is a co-leader at The Sourdough Writers in San Francisco, California: a regularly scheduled creative writing class based on the Amherst Writers & Artists approach.
- Since Spring 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.”
- Since August 2018, Keith is a volunteer for Chapter 510 & The Department of Make Believe, a non-profit youth writing center in Oakland, California.
- Since 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.