Barbara Nickel

About the Author

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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. 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, is forthcoming with Caitlin Press in Spring, 2021. Barbara lives in Yarrow, British Columbia with her husband and two sons.

News

Barbara’s creative nonfiction piece, “Seven Posts,” has just been shortlisted for The Malahat Review‘s Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize. The winner will be announced this coming Friday, October 16.


Barbara’s third poetry collection, Essential Tremor, is forthcoming with Caitlin Press in Spring, 2021. It will include the corona sequence published on this website during the pandemic.


Barbara’s poem “The Milk River” is published in the Spring 2020 issue of The Fiddlehead.


Barbara’s poem “Essential Tremor” appeared in the March 2020 issue of The Walrus. Read the magazine’s online publication of this poem here.


The Mozart Girl has been selected by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for the Fall 2019 Edition of Best Books for Kids and Teens.


Barbara’s A Boy Asked the Wind is one of 19 titles for children chosen by Reading Canada in anticipation of Canada’s upcoming Guest of Honour position at the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair.


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