Barbara Nickel

Corona: Sonnets in Situ

Mary Dalton, the Poet Laureate of the City of St. John’s, called the “Corona” series from Barbara’s third collection, Essential Tremor “…likely to stand among the finest (most nuanced) art to emerge from this harrowing time.”

Barbara made an “in situ” video reading of this crown of twelve of the thirteen linked sonnets about the COVID-19 pandemic for the Virtual Abby Theatre Festival that was broadcast in October, 2020. Locations range from the tracks above her town of Yarrow, B.C., to UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, to an airplane (or so it seems). And of course, look for the surprise and perfectly timed beaver entrance in Sonnet #3 (Spring).


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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