Wendy Barker, Ph.D.
Poet-in-Residence and Pearl LeWinn Endowed Chair in Creative Writing

Wendy Barker, Ph.D.

Professional Info: Curriculum Vitae
Email: wendy.barker@utsa.edu
Phone: (210) 458-4374
Fax: (210) 458-5366
Office: MB 2.472


Poetry and creative writing, nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, and women's studies.



Wendy Barker’s seventh full-length collection of poems, GLOSS, was published by Saint Julian Press in January, 2020, and has received rave reviews, even from ​Publishers Weekly.​ Wendy's sixth collection, ​One Blackbird at a Time​, won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry and was published by BkMk Press in 2015. Her fifth chapbook, ​Shimmer​, was published by Glass Lyre Press in 2019, and her fourth chapbook, ​​From the Moon, Earth is Blue, ​was published by​ W​ ings Press in 2015. An anthology of poems reflecting on the decade of the 1960s, ​​Far Out: Poems of the '60s​, co-edited with Dave Parsons, appeared in 2016 from Wings Press. In 2009, her novel in prose poems, ​​Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years,​ was runner-up for the Del Sol Prize and was published by Del Sol Press. 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). Her previous chapbooks include ​​Things of the Weather​ (Pudding House Press, 2009),​ ​​Between Frames​ (Pecan Grove Press, 2006) and ​​Eve Remembers​ (Aark Arts, 1996).

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.

Wendy’s poems and translations have appeared in many journals, including ​Poetry, Southern Review, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, The American Scholar, Kenyon Review, La Tolteca, 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 holds the Pearl LeWinn Chair 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.

Recent Publications

GLOSS One Black Bird at a Time From the Moon, The Earth Looks Blue Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years

Between Frames Poems From Paradise

Recent Courses


  • Senior Seminar: Language and Landscape in American Poetry
  • Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Modern Fiction


  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • Topics in American Literature: Ecocriticism and American Poetry
  • Topics in Literary Genres: Poetry


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