Barbara Ras

San Antonio, Texas

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Barbara Ras was born in
New Bedford, Massachusetts,
in 1949, and educated at
Simmons College and at
the University of Oregon
where she received
an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

Her first collection of poems,
Bite Every Sorrow (LSU Press, 1998),
was chosen by C. K. Williams
to receive the 1997
Walt Whitman Award.
In his citation, Williams said:
“Barbara Ras’s poems are informed by a metaphysically erudite
and whimsical intelligence...
her verbal expertise and lucidity
are as bright and surprising
as her knowledge of the world
is profound. This is a splendid book, morally serious, poetically authentic,
spiritually discerning.”

Bite Every Sorrow was subsequently awarded the Kate Tufts
Discovery Award. In 1999, Ras was
named Georgia Poet of the Year.

Her other books of poetry include
One Hidden Stuff (2006) and
The Last Skin (2010).
She is also the editor of a collection of short fiction in translation, Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion
(Whereabouts Press, 1994).

Ras has received fellowships from
the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and
the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.
She has taught at writing programs across the country and has been on the faculty of the M.F.A. Program for Writers at Warren Wilson Colluege.
Ras currently lives in San Antonio,
where she directs Trinity University Press.

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