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 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 & Prizes

Immortal Medusa (Word Works, 2015)
Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life (Word Works, 2011)
The Origin of the Milky Way (Gival Press, 2007)
Thrift (WordTech Editions, 2005)
Sequel (Finishing Line Press, 2004)
Neoclassical Barbara (Angel Fish Press, 1998)
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

Favorite authors: 
Too many to list, but current loves are Mary Ruefle, Regan Good, John McPhee, Joseph Goldstein, and Robert Wright
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

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Minneapolis, MN
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Last update: Aug 08, 2018