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Wendy Barker
Wendy Barker

Alumni group hosts UTSA poet Wendy Barker

By Marcia Mattingly
UTSA Office of Alumni Programs

(March 31, 2008)--The UTSA Alumni Association will host AuthorSpeak! with Wendy Barker, UTSA poet in residence and professor of English, who will share her stories, experiences and poetry. The event is 5:30-7 p.m., Friday, April 4 at the home of Maxine Farrimond, retired UTSA manager of special events.

AuthorSpeak! is a series of gatherings where alumni and friends can meet the authors of recent books and publications of interest to the community. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served; registration is required and admission is $5.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the UTSA Alumni Programs Web site or call (210) 458-4133.

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Wendy Barker has published four full-length collections of poetry including "Poems from Paradise" (2005), "Way of Whiteness" (2000), "Let the Ice Speak" (1991) and "Winter Chickens" (1990), as well as two chapbooks, "Eve Remembers" (1996) and "Between Frames" (2006).

She published a selection of poems accompanied by autobiographical essays, "Poems' Progress" (2002). Her translations with Saranindranath Tagore from the Bengali of India's Nobel Prize-winning poet, "Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems" (2001), received the Sourette Diehl Fraser Award from the Texas Institute of Letters.

Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous magazines including Poetry, The American Scholar, The Kenyon Review, Nimrod, Stand, Partisan Review and Antioch. Barker has read her poetry at dozens of universities, bookstores, festivals and conferences in the United States, Europe and India.

As a scholar, she is the author of "Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Experience of Metaphor" (1987), as well as co-editor with Sandra M. Gilbert of "The House is Made of Poetry: The Art of Ruth Stone" (1996). She is recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships as well as other poetry awards including the Violet Crown Book Award (received for "Way of Whiteness" in 2000 and "Between Frames" in 2007) and the Mary Elinore Smith Poetry Prize from The American Scholar. Her work has been translated into Hindi, Japanese and Bulgarian.

In fall 2000, Barker was a Fulbright senior lecturer in Bulgaria.

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