Barbara Nickel

About the Author

 


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, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best Canadian Poetry 2021, and is featured on BC’s Poetry in Transit 2021/22. 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. She is the editor of the cellist Ian Hampton’s memoir in music, Jan in 35 Pieces, which was shortlisted for the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize. Her third poetry collection, Essential Tremor, was released by Caitlin Press in April, 2021. A new children’s novel, Dear Peter, Dear Ulla, was released by Thistledown Press in fall 2021. Barbara lives in Yarrow, British Columbia with her husband and two sons.

News

Join Barbara on November 6 at 2 pm at the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford for the in-person launch of her new middle-grade novel, Dear Peter, Dear Ulla. Capacity is limited, so if you’d like to attend, make sure to register by phone (604-755-5667) or e-mail (info@mennonitemuseum.org) as soon as possible!


Click here for the YouTube recording of Barbara’s October 20 virtual launch of Dear Peter, Dear Ulla, hosted by McNally Robinson Booksellers (Saskatoon) and Thistledown Press (and in conversation with Pat Cooley and Ian Hampton).


Barbara’s poem “Essential Tremor” is included in the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2021, edited by Souvankham Thammavongsa, published by Biblioasis in October.


Barbara has been chosen as a featured poet on TransLink, BC Transit, and the Association of Book Publishers of BC’s Poetry in Transit 2021/22. 


Rob Taylor interviews Barbara about Essential Tremor, part of a nine-part series of interviews for National Poetry Month, in Read Local BC. Check out the interview here.


Barbara in conversation with hosts Kevin Spenst and RC Weslowski about Essential Tremor  on Wax Poetic, Vancouver’s Co-Op Radio (100.5 FM) show on poetry. (Broadcast begins about a minute in.)


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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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