Barbara Nickel

Books for Adults



Poems that explore how and where the boundary lines of our domains are drawn, how our homes are built, loved, and lost…

Richly detailed, grounded in truth, alive to the music in language, poems in Domain take us across place – from sisters juggling oranges in a Renoir painting to a wedding ring lost from the hatch of Apollo 16, from the empire of Catherine the Great to a Mennonite family on a summer evening – and through time: seasons of human loss, grief, renewal and love.

“…Domain confirms Barbara Nickel’s spot among an impressive generation of…poets who write with brassy formal assurance and waste-no-syllable control…

~ The Globe and Mail

“With this book, Barbara Nickel establishes herself in the first rank of her generation.”

~ Quill & Quire

  • Quill & Quire Best Books of 2007
  • ReLit Award, Longlist

House of Anansi Press (Out of Print)
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The Gladys Elegies

Poems that explore the human spirit in this lush and musical award-winning debut collection…

With her classical music training, Barbara Nickel gives rhythm and grace to sonnets, long poems and prose poems. The Gladys Elegies contains The Malahat Review’s Long Poem Contest award-winning sequence “The Rosary Sonatas”.

“Indeed, if first books can be understood as boasts, then The Gladys Elegies is one of the best boasts of the year.

~ The Gazette (Montreal)

  • Pat Lowther Memorial Award Winner

Coteau Books (Out of Print)
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Barbara will read her poems written after Haydn’s Seven Last Words this coming Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 2:30 in a concert at the Langley Community Music School featuring the Arietta Strings.

Barbara will give poetry workshops to the Grade 6 classes at Southpointe Academy in Tsawwassen on May 23, 2017.

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:



A Boy Asked the Wind has recently been shortlisted for two reader’s choice awards:

The 2017 Chocolate Lily Award (British Columbia) — the winner will be announced at a Gala in Vancouver on June 9, 2017.

The 2017 Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta)


A Boy Asked the Wind.

Trailer by Rascal Media

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


Barbara speaks about A Boy Asked the Wind on CBC’s North by Northwest.



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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