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Jennifer Barber

Current City, State, Country

Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Year

b. 1956

Birth City, State, Country

Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA


Jennifer Barber is the author of The Sliding Boat Our Bodies Made (The Word Works, 2022) and co-editor, with Jessica Greenbaum and Fred Marchant, of Tree Lines: 21st century American poems (Grayson Books, 2022). Her previous collections include Works on Paper (The Word Works, 2016) winner of the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize; Given Away (Kore Press, 2012); and Rigging the Wind (Kore Press, 2003) winner of the 2002 Kore Press First Book Prize. Her collection Given Away was translated into French by poet and translator Emmanuel Merle, and published as Délivrances by La rumeur libre editions in France in 2018.

Barber founded the literary journal Salamander, and served as its editor in chief from 1992 to 2018. She taught literature and creative writing at Suffolk University in Boston from 2004 to 2018. She is the poet laureate of Brookline, Massachusetts for 2021-2024. Her poetry has appeared widely in magazines and journals.

Published Works

The Sliding Boat Our Bodies Made (The Word Works, 2022)
Works on Paper (The Word Works, 2016)
Given Away (Kore Press, 2012)
Rigging the Wind (Kore Press, 2003)

Edited Works
Tree Lines: 21st century American poems; with co-editors Jessica Greenbaum and Fred Marchant (Grayson Books, 2022)

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Colby College, B.A.
Oxford University, M.A.
Columbia University, M.F.A.

Languages of Publication(s) and Poets Translated

French (Emmanuel Merle), Spanish (Emilio Prados)

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