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In addition to publishing her poetry, Kathleen Aguero has also co-edited three volumes of multi-cultural literature for the University of Georgia Press (A Gift of Tongues, An Ear to the Ground, and Daily Fare) and is consulting poetry editor of Solstice Literary Magazine. She teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pine Manor College and in Changing Lives Through Literature, an alternative sentencing program.
My poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including The American Poetry Review, Kansas Quarterly, the Mississippi Review, and Poetry East. I have an audio recording of my poem on divorce on the online journal, The Cortland Review. In 2010 I was awarded an Artist Residency Grant at The Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont. I've been a finalist and semi-finalist in the Artists Grants Program in poetry of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and First Prize winner of the Third Annual Boston University Alumni Poetry Competition and the Worcester County Poetry Association Annual Competition. I've studied with Alan Shapiro, Tom Sleigh, Vijay Seshadri, Fred Marchant, Bruce Weigl, Barbara Helfgott Hyett, Thomas Lux, Karl Shapiro, Marvin Bell, and Philip Dacey. I've been a participant in the William Joiner Center, University of Massachusetts, Boston; the Palm Beach Poetry Festival; the Provincetown Fine Arts Workshop; and the Aspen Writers’ Conference. I've given many readings at venues in the Boston area, including the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, the Brookline Poetry Series, the Newton Free Library, Newtonville Books, Porter Square Books in Cambridge, and the Chapter and Verse Poetry Series in Jamaica Plain. I am a clinical psychologist in Newton, Massachusetts, have a son, and live with my partner, Susan Nisenbaum Becker.
Poetry differs in style, form, and cadence from the other genres in the literary arts. Every word is integral, the arrangement precise, and the music accentuating. These complexities present the challenge and power that draws me to write poetry. The complexities complement the contradictions and emotional realities that permeate my work. I rarely write about my life or myself, for I am an observer documenting the actions of others with an investigative slant. I often use social and political themes in my work, probing the depths of the fallible and ignorant human being. Injustice and irresponsibility are two areas I address through emotional and psychological perspectives. The environment, hunger, elder abandonment, and abuse are topics that provide me with endless material. My poetry is for readers who enjoy alternative views on life and the events that shape it. A reader can emotionally and mentally connect to my work. This fulfills my wish of making people more aware of injustices so they may be moved to be a catalyst for change.
Jennifer Barber is the author of VENDAVAL in TAKE THREE 3: AGNI NEW POETS SERIES (Graywolf Press, 1998); RIGGING THE WIND (Kore Press, 2003) and GIVEN AWAY (Kore Press, 2012). She edits the literary journal SALAMANDER in Boston, MA. Her poetry has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, HARVARD DIVINITY BULLETIN, ORION, UPSTREET, JEWISH DAILY FORWARD, elsewhere.