Crooker Receives 36th Pushcart Nomination

Barbara Crooker has just received her 36th nomination for a Pushcart Prize for “Winter Light” nominated by Canary.  It will also appear in Barbara’s Selected Poems, coming out from FutureCycle Press in 2015.  

A highly accomplished poet, Barbara's poems have appeared in magazines such as The Green Mountains Review, The Hollins Critic, The Christian Science Monitor, Smartish Pace, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Nimrod, The Denver Quarterly, The Tampa Review, Poetry International, The Christian Century, America and anthologies such as The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Good Poems for Hard Times (Viking Penguin), Boomer Girls (University of Iowa Press), and Commonwealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania (Penn State University Press).

Barbara is the recipient of the 2007 Pen and Brush Poetry Prize, the 2006 Ekphrastic Poetry Award from Rosebud, the 2004 WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the 2004 Pennsylvania Center for the Book Poetry in Public Places Poster Competition, the 2003 Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, the 2003 April Is the Cruelest Month Award from Poets & Writers among many others. Barbara has had 16 residencies at VCCA and one at the Moulin à Nef and a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. In addition to the Pushcart nominees, Barbara is a five-time nominee for Best of the Net. She was a 1997 Grammy Awards Finalist for her part in the audio version of the popular anthology, Grow Old Along With Me —The Best is Yet to Be (Papier-Mache Press).

Barbara’s books are Radiance, which won the 2005 Word Press First Book competition and was a finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance, which came out from Word Press in 2008 and won the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence; More (C&R Press, 2010); and Gold (Cascade Books, a division of Wipf and Stock, in their Poeima Poetry Series, 2013).

Barbara’s poetry has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac, and in Ted Kooser's column, American Life in Poetry and she has read her poems in the Poetry at Noon series at the Library of Congress, in Auvillar, France, at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, and many other venues.


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