Barbara Crooker

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Barbara Crooker

Genre: Writer

Website:
http://www.barbaracrooker.com

Biography: 

Barbara Crooker is the author of three collections of poetry:  Radiance, which won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance, (Word Press, 2008) which won the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence; and More (C&R Press, 2010).   Her awards include the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud, the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2004 Pennsylvania Center for the Book Poetry in Public Places Poster Competition, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, the 2003 "April Is the Cruelest Month" Award from Poets & Writers, the 2000 New Millenium Writing's Y2K competition, the 1997 Karamu Poetry Award, three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, and fourteen residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  This fall, she will be a fellow at the VCCA’s Moulin à Nef, in Auvillar, France.  Her poetry has been read on the BBC, the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Company), and by Garrison Keillor eighteen times on The Writer's Almanac.  Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Green Mountains Review, The Hollins Critic, The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Poetry International,  and anthologies, including The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Good Poems for Hard Times and Good Poems American Places (both by Viking Penguin, edited by Garrison Keillor), Boomer Girls (University of Iowa Press), and Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press).  She has read her poetry all over the country, from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, including The Calvin Conference of Faith and Writing, The Austin International Poetry Festival as a Featured Reader, Glory Days:  A Bruce Springsteen Symposium, and the Library of Congress.