Barbara Nickel

About the Author

Barb-Nickel


Barbara Nickel grew up in Saskatchewan and attended Goshen College in Indiana, where she studied music (violin) and English literature. She received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, where she also taught. Barbara writes for adults and young people. Her poetry for adults has been published in many anthologies and magazines, including The Walrus and Poetry Ireland Review. One of her poetry collections, The Gladys Elegies, received the Pat Lowther Award for the best book of poetry by a woman in Canada.
Her children’s titles include Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, which won a B.C. Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, as well as a picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, which was a finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Barbara lives in Yarrow, British Columbia with her husband and two sons, and is at work on a young adult novel, an eco-poetry book for children, and a poetry book for adults. She is the editor of the cellist Ian Hampton’s memoir in music, Jan in 36 Pieces, which is forthcoming with The Porcupine’s Quill in the spring of 2018.

News

Jan in 35 Pieces, a memoir in music by the cellist Ian Hampton and edited by Barbara, will be released this May 2018 by The Porcupine’s Quill.

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A Boy Asked the Wind has been selected as a starred choice in Best Books for Kids and Teens 2016 published by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre:

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A Boy Asked the Wind was reviewed in Quill & Quire:

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Video by Shaw TV of Barbara presenting and talking about A Boy Asked the Wind:


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Author Visits

Interested in booking Barbara to visit your school or library? Choose from a wide range of presentations, from poetry workshops to readings of historical fiction.

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