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Brian Barker, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Office Location: North Classroom 4021 B
Phone: 303-556-8849
Fax: 303-556-2959
Office hours: M W 2:00-3:00, or by appointment 

Areas of Expertise:
Creative Writing, Poetics, Contemporary American Poetry, and Poetry in Translation

Education & Degrees

PhD, Creative Writing & English, University of Houston, 2004
MFA, Creative Writing (Poetry), George Mason University, 1999
BA, English, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1995


Brian Barker is the author of The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006), winner of the Tupelo Press Editor's Prize, and The Black Ocean (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition. His poems, reviews and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Ploughshares, Agni, Quarterly West, TriQuarterly, The Writer's Chronicle, The Washington Post, Blackbird, Pleiades and storySouth. In 2009, he was the co-winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Colorado Denver where he co-edits the literary journal Copper Nickel.

Select Publications

The Black Ocean (poems). Southern Illinois University Press, 2011.

The Animal Gospels (poems). Tupelo Press, 2006.

Courses Taught

ENGL 2154, Introduction to Creative Writing
ENGL 3020, Poetry Workshop
ENGL 4025, Advanced Poetry Workshop