Barbara Louise Ungar

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Author's Bio

Barbara Louise Ungar is the author of four full-length poetry collections: Immortal Medusa, one of Kirkus Review's Best Independent Poetry Books of 2015 and co-winner of the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award; Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life; Thrift; and The Origin of the Milky Way, which won the Gival Press Poetry Award, an Independent Publisher's Award, the Adirondack Center for Writing Poetry Award, and an Eric Hoffer Award. She is also the author of Haiku in English and several chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including the Southern Indiana Review, Rattle, Salmagundi, The Minnesota Review, Cream City Review, Literary Review, Global City Review, Dominion Review, Talking River, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Atticus Review, and The Nervous Breakdown. An essay on being a single-parent poem appeared in Rattle's Fall 2013 issue, and she is featured at WeAreKin.org and by Atticus Review. She has performed widely, including at the Dodge Poetry Festival, the Poetry Society of America, Poets' House, St. Mark's Poetry Project, Nuyorican Poets' Café, Center for Book Arts, and Cornelia St. Café. A professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY, she teaches writing and literature.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life
(The Word Works, 2011)
, Immortal Medusa
(The Word Works, 2015)
, The Origin of the Milky Way
(Gival Press, 2007)
, Thrift
(WordTech Editions, 2005)
Chapbooks: 
Neoclassical Barbara
(Angel Fish Press, 1998)
, Sequel
(Finishing Line Press, 2004)
Prizes Won: 
Adirondack Center for Writing Best Poetry Book 2015 (co-winner), Gival Press Poetry Prize 2006, Silver Independent Publishers' Award 2007, Adirondack Center for Writing Best Poetry Book 2007 (co-winner), Eric Hoffer Notable for Poetry Award 2007, National Poetry Series finalist 2009, Sarabande Books' Morton Prize finalist 2009.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
My Private Property by Mary Ruefle
,
The Evolution of God by Robert Wright
,
The Atlantic House by Regan Good
,
Draft No. 4 by John McPhee
,
Mindfulness by Joseph Goldstein
Favorite Books: 
Moby Dick, The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson, Lunch Poems, Sappho, Bleak House, Wuthering Heights, The Ink Dark Moon, The Kabir Book, Persuasion, Tao Te Ching, Bhagavad Gita, Job
Favorite Authors: 
Too many to list, but current loves are Mary Ruefle, Regan Good, John McPhee, Joseph Goldstein, and Robert Wright

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Feminist
Prefers to work with: 
Adults
Born in: 
Worcester
Raised in: 
Minneapolis, MN
work_excerpt: 
But my son comes first. Always. Reflexively. I learned this shortly after giving birth: Walking down an icy sidewalk with my babe in his padded plastic basket (one of those snap-in car-carrier doodads), I slipped. As I went down, instead of my hands going out in front of me to break my fall as they always had, my entire body curled around my son in his NASA-grade carrier. I hit the ground on my side and back, my arms holding him high up off the pavement. I was stunned by the realization that there had been no choice: My very reflexes had been rewired. I’d protected him, rather than my own body, without a thought. I realized in that instant that I would throw myself in front of a car, bullet, madman, shark, raptor, zombie, to save him, and there wouldn’t even be a choice. Natural selection: Moms’ brains are rewired.
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Last updated: Jan 31, 2018