Barbara Nickel

Books for Adults

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Domain

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

Awards
  • 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)

Awards
  • Pat Lowther Memorial Award Winner

Coteau Books (Out of Print)
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News

Barbara’s Spring 2021 Readings for Essential Tremor:

VerseFest, Ottawa for National Poetry Month

May 25, 2021, 5 p.m. PDT  — Art Bar Poetry Series

May 28, 2021, 7:30 p.m. PDT on Zoom  — Planet Earth Poetry 


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.)


Barbara’s children’s novel Dear Peter, Dear Ulla will be published by Thistledown Press this coming fall, 2021.


Barbara’s poem “Essential Tremor” has been selected for the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2021 to be published by Biblioasis in October.


In Honour of International Women’s Day, The Mozart Girl has been selected by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre for the March 2021 Reading List, Real Women, Real Stories. 


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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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