Barbara Goldberg

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Barbara Goldberg, raised in Forest Hills, New York, is a first generation American, her parents having fled Europe during the Holocaust. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College. She went on to receive an MA from Yeshiva University in Education for the Disadvantaged, an MEd from Columbia University in Psychology of School Learning and an MFA in Poetry from American University, Washington, DC. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including three in Hebrew translation. Goldberg’s work appears in such journals as American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Poetry and The Paris Review.

Among her books:

The Royal Baker’s Daughter, recipient of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, judged by David St. John (University of Wisconsin Press, 2008); Marvelous Pursuits, recipient of the Snake Nation Poetry Award, judged by David Kirby (Snake Nation Press, 1995); Cautionary Tales, recipient of the Camden Poetry Prize, judged by Linda Pastan (Dryad Press, 1990); Berta Broadfoot and Pepin the Short: A Merovingian Romance, with original wood engravings by Rosemary Feit Covey (The Word Works and Porcupine’s Quill, 1986).

Translated/edited books:

Israeli Love Poems, translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Goldberg and Moshe Dor (Shirim, 2012); Scorched by the Sun: Poems of Moshe Dor, translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Goldberg and Moshe Dor, supported by a grant from the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature (The Word Works, 2012); The Fullness Thereof: Poems by Moshe Dor, translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Goldberg and Moshe Dor (Dryad Press, 2002); The Fire Stays in Red: Poems by Ronny Someck, translated from the Hebrew by Barbara Goldberg and Moshe Dor (University of Wisconsin Press/Dryad Press, 2002); After the First Rain: Israeli Poems on War and Peace, foreword by former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres (University of Syracuse Press in association with Dryad Press, 1998); The First Yes: Poems on Communicating, editor (American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation/Dryad Press, 1997); The Stones Remember, recipient of the Witter Bynner Foundation Award (The Word Works, 1991).

Goldberg is the recipient of numerous awards, including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, grants from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Emily Dickinson Award for “Fortune’s Darling,” judged by Andrew Hudgins. Other awards include the Armand G. Erpf Award from the Translation Center, Columbia University; two PEN Syndicated Fiction Project Awards, selected by Grace Paley and Mary Lee Settle; and other national awards for feature writing and speechwriting. She has been Director of the Editorial Board of The Word Works, Editor for Poet Lore, and Poet-in-Residence in Howard County, Maryland. Among her residencies are Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, VCCA and the Artists’ Residence in Herzliya, Israel. Goldberg has taught poetry, translation and speechwriting at Georgetown University, University of Maryland and the Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Maryland. She has also often collaborated with the composer Judith Shatin, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia and founder and Director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Works include Amulet; For the Birds; Jefferson, in His Own Words; Marvelous Pursuits; Singing the Blue Ridge; and Songs of War and Peace.

Goldberg worked for CBS News as a ghostwriter for Harry Reasoner’s radio broadcasts. Other employers include the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and AARP, where she was a senior speechwriter. Goldberg is visiting writer in the MFA program at American University. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Barbara Goldberg's papers are housed at the University of Maryland in the Special Collections.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly:

Written by Barbara Goldberg in 2013

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