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Wendy Barker's most recent book is Far Out: Poems of the '60s (Wings, 2016), an anthology of work by 80 poets, which she co-edited with Dave Parsons. sixth full-length collection of poems is One Blackbird at a Time, winner of the John Ciardi Prize (BkMk Press, 2015). Her novel in prose poems, Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years (runner-up for the Del Sol Prize) was released by Del Sol Press in 2009. Earlier full-length collections of poetry include Poems from Paradise (WordTech, 2005), Way of Whiteness (Wings Press, 2000), Let the Ice Speak (Ithaca House, 1991), and Winter Chickens (Corona Publishing Co., 1990).

Barker has also published four chapbooks, Things of the Weather (Pudding House Press, 2009), Between Frames (Pecan Grove Press, 2006) Eve Remembers (Aark Arts, 1996), and From the Moon, Earth is Blue (Wings Press, 2015). A selection of poems accompanied by autobiographical essays, Poems' Progress (Absey & Co.), appeared in 2002, and a collection of translations (with Saranindranath Tagore) from the Bengali of India's Nobel Prize-winning poet, Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems (George Braziller, 2001), received the Sourette Diehl Fraser Award from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Barker's poems and translations have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, Kenyon Review, New Letters, Nimrod, Stand, Partisan Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antioch and Southern Poetry Review. Her work has also been included in numerous anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013 (eds. Denise Duhamel and David Lehman). Essays have appeared in such magazines as Poets & Writers and Southwest Review.

She has read her poetry at dozens of universities, bookstores, festivals, and conferences in the United States, Europe, and in India. As a scholar, she is the author of Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor (Southern Illinois University Press, 1987) as well as co-editor (with Sandra M. Gilbert) of The House Is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone (Southern Illinois University Press, 1996).

Recipient of an NEA fellowship, a Rockefeller residency fellowship at Bellagio, as well as other awards in poetry, including the Writers' League of Texas Book Award (which she has received twice, for Way of Whiteness in 2000 and for Between Frames in 2007) and the Mary Elinore Smith Poetry Prize from The American Scholar, she has also been a Fulbright senior lecturer in Bulgaria. Her work has been translated into Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Bulgarian. She is Poet-in-Residence and the Pearl LeWinn Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she has taught since 1982. Wendy has one son, David Barker, and is married to the critic and biographer Steven G. Kellman.

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