Barbara Louise Ungar

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Author's Bio

Barbara Louise Ungar is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Thrift; Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life; 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 Rattle, Salmagundi, Talking River, The Minnesota Review, Cream City Review, Literary Review, Global City Review, Dominion Review, 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 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 in its new MFA program.

Publications and Prizes

Charlotte Brontë, You Ruined My Life
(The Word Works, 2011)
, The Origin of the Milky Way
(Gival Press, 2007)
, Thrift
(WordTech Editions, 2005)
Neoclassical Barbara
(Angel Fish Press, 1998)
, Sequel
(Finishing Line Press, 2004)
Prizes Won: 
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: 
Self Storage by Rebecca Hoogs
Madness, Rack and Honey by Mary Ruefle
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
The Orchard by Brigit Pegeen Kelly
Haiku in English by Kacian, Rowand and Burns, eds.

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Minneapolis, MN
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Last updated: Feb 16, 2014