Virginia Barrett


San Francisco, CA

Author's Bio

Virginia Barrett’s recent books of poetry include Between Looking (Finishing Line Press), Crossing Haight, and I Just Wear My Wings. Barrett is the editor of two anthologies of contemporary San Francisco poets including OCCUPY SF—poems from the movement. She is also the author of a travel memoir, Mbira Maker Blues—a healing journey to Zimbabwe. Her work has appeared in the Writer’s Chronicle, Narrative, What Rough Beast, Roar: Literature and Revolution by Feminist People, Ekphrastic Review, Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press), Poetry of Resistance: Voices for Social Justice (University of Arizona Press) and elsewhere. She received a 2017 writer’s residency grant from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, NM and recently edited an anthology of poetry, Casita Poems, by Wurlitzer fellows. She holds an MFA in Writing and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  She has taught in many youth-focused literary programs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in the MFA in Writing program at the University of San Francisco.


Publications & Prizes

Between Looking (Finishing Line Press, 2019)
Crossing Haight—San Francisco poems (Jambu Press, 2018)
I Just Wear My Wings (Jambu Press, 2013)
Prizes won: 

Fellow: Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, NM (1997, 2017),

Pushcart Prize Nomination,

Acker Award for editing

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Last update: Apr 10, 2020