Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes

1959 Parrot Street
San Diego, CA 92105

Author's Bio

Ishmael Von Heidrick-Barnes is an international, award winning poet and editor. He has college degrees in Religion and Theology at the University and Surgical Technology at. He has worked and studied with Dr. Sam Hamod and the late Linda Brown. In 2008, Ishmael collaborated with German artist Roger Rigorth in a show entitled, "Personal Geography," at LA Art Core. His writings have been translated into German and Spanish. Ishmael has also written lyrics for European opera singer Andrea (Hoerkens)Roderburg and musician Thomas Roderburg. The duo, known as Tender Art,has released two CDs: The 2011, CD, ILLUMINATION, and the 2016, CD, NUANCES OF SOUND. Link: Ishmael's first volume of poems was published in June of 2012 by Princeton's Ragged Sky Press. The book is titled, INTIMATE GEOGRAPHY: POEMS is available at and as well as at Ishmael's 2016,book, URBAN LEGENDS is a collaboration of drawings and poetry with the award winning international visual artist, Tatiana Tavoukjian Ferahian. The book was published in Nicosia, Cyprus by Moufflon Publications. Link: Ishmael is credited with coining the name, "PROJECTION POETRY," for a new movement in verse that fuses the visual arts, music, and poetry. His weekly column, GEO-POETIC SPACES in the SAN DIEGO FREE PRESS has been a showcase for the art of PROJECTION POETRY. Ishmael has written, filmed and edited over 100 Projection Poems for the San Diego Free Press. Link:

Publications and Prizes

(Ragged Sky Press, 2012)
Attempted Suicide
(Carlsbad Library, 2005)
, Craniotomy
(Carlsbad Library, 2001)
, El Nino
(City Works Press, 2007)
, Firenze
(Ragged Sky Press, 2009)
, Floating
(Carlsbad Library, 2000)
, Invasion
(Carlsbad Library, 2004)
, Magee Park Poets Anthology
(Carlsbad Library, 2011)
, Ocean Psalm
(Carlsbad Library, 1999)
, Second Day of Rain
(Carlsbad Library, 2006)
, Silence
(Mira Costa College, 2000)
, The Last Door
(Carlsbad Library, 2003)
, The Transfiguration
(Carlsbad Library, 1998)
California Quarterly, Eratica, Poetry Conspiracy, San Diego Magazine October 2000 Vol 52 # 12
Prizes Won: 
Ishmael's book, INTIMATE GEOGRAPHY: POEMS, won the 2012 San Diego Book Award for Published Poetry. Editor of the 2012, MAGEE PARK POETS anthology which won the 2013, San Diego book award for best collection of poetry. Ishmael won his first poetry prize at age 18 through the San Diego Unified School District. He has won awards from the University of San Diego, The San Diego Public Library, and the 101 Encinitas Artist Colony.

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now: 
Kohl and Chalk by Shadab Zeest Hashmi
Sunshower by Karen Kenyon
The Art of Denial by Preface by Tatiana Ferahian

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Arab American, British, Christian, Czech American, European American, French, G/L/B/T, German American, Hispanic, Hungarian American, Indian American, Israeli American, Italian American, Japanese American, Jewish, Korean American, Latino/Latina, Muslim, Native American, Polish American, Romanian
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Adults, Any
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San Diego
Raised in: 
San Diego, CA
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Last updated: Jun 01, 2016