Jennifer Barber author, poet, teacher, editor
Jennifer Barber. Photo by Joanna Eldredge Morrissey, 2017.

Jennifer Barber’s most recent collection is The Sliding Boat Our Bodies Made, available from The Word Works and the following bookstores: Brookline Booksmith, Grolier Bookshop, Harvard Bookstore, and Newtonville Books. The anthology she co-edited with Jessica Greenbaum and Fred Marchant, Tree Lines: 21st century American poems, may be ordered from Grayson Books, or from Barnes & Noble or Amazon; it’s also available at Brookline Booksmith, Newtoville Books, Grolier, and the Trident Bookstore Cafe. Barber is the author of Works on Paper (winner of the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize, published by The Word Works, 2016); Given Away (Kore Press, 2012); and Rigging the Wind, winner of the 2002 Kore Press First Book Prize, published by Kore Press, 2003). 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. She is the current poet laureate of Brookline, MA, for the term between 2021 and 2025.

She is the founding editor of Salamander: a magazine for poetry, fiction, and memoirs, and she served as its editor-in-chief from 1992 to 2018. She was Scholar in Residence at Suffolk University from 2004 to 2018, teaching literature and creative writing courses, including poetry-writing workshops. She has also taught at Bradford College, the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program, and Wellesley College. She is available to teach single- or multiple-session poetry-writing workshops.

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Jennifer has been the recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Millay Colony Residency; a Heinrich Boll Cottage Residency; a Pushcart Prize; and the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award. Her poems have appeared in anthologies such as Greening the Earth: A Global Anthology of Poetry (Vintage/Penguin 2023), The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Publishing, 2016); Solstice Selects (Solstice, 2016); Mishkan HaNefesh: Machzor for the Days of Awe (CCAR Press, 2015); The Pushcart Prize XXVIII: Best of the Small Presses (Pushcart Press, 2004); The Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way Books, 2001); and Take Three 3, Agni New Poets Series (Graywolf Press, 1998).

Her poems have been published in many magazines, journals, and websites, including 32 Poems, Agni, Agni Online, Consequence, December, Field, Fulcrum, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Harvard Review, Orion, Massachusetts Review, Missouri Review, the New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry Daily, Poetry Kanto, Post Road, and Upstreet, among others.