Barbara Lightner


Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin US

Author's Bio

Barbara Lightner is a 73-year old shameless agitator, retired. She grew up in rural Tennessee among sharecroppers and cotton magnates, hard scrabble farmers and one aristocrat. Writing poetry in law school became her escape from the intolerable burden of injustice by law. Her poetry has appeared in Verse Wisconsin, Poesia, the Table Rock Review, New Verse News, Occupy Poetry, and the anthologies Letters to the World and So You Want to be a Memoirist. Several of her poems will be set to music by composer Larry Alan Smith.

Publications & Prizes

Come be a Memoirist (Woodland Pattern Book Center, 2009)
Letters to the World (Red Hen Press, 2008)
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Verse Wisconsin
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The Wisconsin People & Ideas/ Wisconsin Book Festival 2012 Poetry Contest awarded Lightner both a third place and an honorable mention for two of her poems.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
The Sugar-Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner, The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea, Columbarium by Susan Stewart, Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey, [saina] by Craig Santos Perez

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Adults, LGBTQ, Seniors, Teachers
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Raleigh, TN
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Last update: May 28, 2012