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).


On October 20 at 7 pm (CMT) and 6 pm (PDT), join Barbara  in conversation with Pat Cooley for the virtual launch of her new middle-grade novel, Dear Peter, Dear Ulla, hosted by McNally Robinson Booksellers (Saskatoon) and Thistledown Press. Click here for details and to register for this online event, and stay tuned for a local (BC) in-person event in November.

Barbara’s poem “Essential Tremor” has been selected for the anthology Best Canadian Poetry 2021, edited by Souvankham Thammavongsa, to be 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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