Barbara Goldberg, Poet

Barbara Goldberg, raised in Forest Hills, New York, graduated Phi Beta Kappa in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College. She received an MEd from Columbia University and an MFA from American University, Washington, DC. She is the author of five prizewinning poetry books, most recently, The Kingdom of Speculation. Other books include The Royal Baker’s Daughter (Felix Pollak Poetry Prize), Marvelous Pursuits (Violet Reed Hass Award), Cautionary Tales (Camden Poetry Prize) and Berta Broadfoot and Pepin the Short.

Goldberg’s newest book of translations is Scorched by the Sun: Poems by Moshe Dor, supported by the Institute for the Translation of Hebrew Literature. Goldberg and Dor translated and edited The Fire Stays in Red: Poems by Ronny Someck as well as four anthologies of contemporary Israeli including After the First Rain: Israeli Poems on War and Peace, with a foreword by Former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, and The Stones Remember (Witter Bynner Foundation Award).

She is recipient of numerous awards including two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; five individual artist's grants from the Maryland State Arts Council as well as the Emily Dickinson Award and the Armand G. Erpf Award from the Translation Center, Columbia University. Her own work appears in such magazines as the Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Poetry and The Paris Review and her translations in the American Poetry Review. Goldberg, former senior speechwriter for AARP and executive editor of Poet Lore magazine, is currently Series Editor of the Word Works' International Editions. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.