Tricia Knoll’s kinship with urban wildlife includes tree hugging; tending butterfly, native plant, herb and vegetable gardens, and volunteer work as a Master Gardener. She lives on a heavily culverted urban creek. She is working to provide habitat to reintroduce native tree frogs. She routinely talks to crows who ignore her – and was once bitten on the neck by a captive coyote. Her garden has platinum certification from the Backyard Habitat Certification Program.
She has degrees in literature from Stanford University (BA) and Yale University (MAT). Her poetry and haiku appear in numerous journals and several anthologies. Urban Wild is her first chapbook (Finishing Line Press 2014.) Ocean’s Laughter, a full-length book which combines lyric and eco-poetry about Manzanita, Oregon came out from Aldrich Press in 2016.
Her careers spanned teaching high school English in New Haven, Connecticut and in Portland, Oregon. For a brief time, as a free lance writer she wrote a text book on Asian immigration to the West Coast — Becoming Americans — Asian Sojourners, Immigrants and Refugees. She served as the Public Relations Director for the Portland Children’s Musem for 10 years and later as Public Information Officer for the Portland Water Bureau. She responded as a Public Information Officer with the Water Bureau’s response to aid the New Orleans Water and Board after Hurricane Katrina and implemented the first blog for a water utility. She served on Portland’s Human Rights Commission for three years.
Tricia has two book-length manuscripts in the works: Gathering Marbles about aging and How I Learned to Be White about experiences with white privilege and racism. Both are seeking publishers.
You can listen to Tricia’s podcast concerning her experience as a poet with spasmodic dysphonia and a reading from Urban Wild.
Tricia’s story of publication 40 years ago . She also published several poems in View From The Bottom, a street tabloid in New Haven, Connecticut in the early 1970s which was printed on the Black Panther’s press.
Knoll was born in Highland Park, Illinois in 1947 and moved to Portland in 1971.