Photo credit: Jamie Clifford

Barbara Rockman

b. 1949

Current City, State, Country

New Mexico, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA


Barbara Rockman is author of Sting and Nest, 2011, winner of the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award and to cleave, 2019, University of New Mexico Press, winner of the National Federation of Press Women Prize and Finalist for the International Book Award. Her Best of Net and Pushcart nominated poems appear in Bellingham Review, Southern Review, Literary Mama, Nimrod and among many others.

She has received the Baskerville Publishers Prize, the MacGuffin Poets Hunt Prize, Southwest Writers Poetry Prize and the New Mexico Discovery Award.

Barbara teaches poetry at Santa Fe Community College, Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families and in community workshops. Founder of Community Voices, a reading and music series in Santa Fe for diverse voices, she has collaborated with numerous artists on image and text projects. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is grateful for residencies at Playa and Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Published Works

to cleave
 (University of New Mexico Press, 2019)
Sting and Nest (Sunstone Press, 2011)
Surrender to Storm (chapbook; Cinnabar Press, 2006)

Edited Works
Women Becoming Poems, Anthology Editor (Cinnabar Press, 2002)

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MFA in Writing, Vermont College of Fine Arts
M. Ed, Antioch New England Graduate School
BA, Syracuse University

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