August 31, 2017

Scott T. Starbuck of Mesa College Publishes 'Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems' and Receives Award

By Breonna Hinkes

scott starbuck with his book hawk on wire

San Diego Mesa College’s Scott T. Starbuck has landed his most recently published book, Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems, on the “Editor’s Pick” list on The book focuses on climate change issues and the potential that can be developed from renewable energy in the next five years.  He has a passion for bringing awareness to the unsustainable practices of today’s society and draws his readers in by using a unique approach through poems from imagined ghosts.


When asked about his new book Starbuck said, "I understand there is a strong bias against poetry in our society, maybe due to how it is taught by well-meaning teachers who think it is more about riddles than freedom, but poetry is the core of each major spiritual tradition on Earth, always waiting for those, as Nobel Prize winner Czesław Miłosz famously said, interested more in 'reality' than what passes for it."


Linda Hensley, Dean of Humanities, also shared her thoughts, “Reading the poetry in Scott Starbuck’s book, Hawk on Wire inspired and reminded me of the extremity of climate change.  His poetry is vivid, passionate and insightful.  Our students at Mesa are motivated by Scott’s enthusiasm for teaching and we are lucky to have him as one of our amazing professors.”


Hawk on Wire: Ecopoems is available in the Mesa College Bookstore, Mesa College Library and on  Kindle.  For more information, visit the Mesa College Creative Writing Program website or the Mesa College World Literature website.


Tags: Scott Starbuck, Sustainability