Book Review: Surviving Home by Katerina Canyon

Many thanks to Kelsey of Book Publicity Services who graciously sent me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my first by the author so I got into reading the book with no preconceived thoughts.

Katarina Canyon’s poetry collection is a reflection of her experiences growing up in a home that didn’t give her any form of warmth or support. Reading this collection was a beautiful yet very emotional journey for me as the poems told different stories which all together painted a vivid picture of her struggles, her pain and trauma. Each poem was well written, relatable and speaks volumes beyond the words on the page.

As a poet, despite the heart-wrenching theme of this collection, it stands out as one of the best collections I have read in recent times and I hope to re-read this book again.

I highly recommend and would definitely follow this poet and author’s work going forward.

Rating: 4 Stars

Expected Publication Date: October 2021

Pages: 97

Genre: Poetry

The Author:

Katerina Canyon

Katerina Canyon is an Award Winning Poet, Best Selling Author, civil rights activist, essayist, and poet. She grew up in Los Angeles and much of her writing reflects that experience.

Her first book of poetry, Changing the Lines, was released in August 2017. This work is a conversation between mother and daughter as they examine what it means to operate within the world as black women.

Katerina Canyon is a 2020 and 2019 Pushcart Prize Nominee. Her stories have been published in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Folks. Her poetry has been published in CatheXis Northwest, The Esthetic Apostle, Into the Void, Black Napkin, and Waxing & Waning. From 2000 to 2003, she served as the Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga. During that time, she started a poetry festival and ran several poetry readings. She has a B.A. in English, International Studies and Creative Writing from Saint Louis University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Katerina moved to Seattle three years ago. She is currently running a civil rights campaign against police brutality. More information can be found at

Katerina’s latest book, Surviving Home, will be released in October 2021 published by Kelsey Books.

To learn more, go to


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