Cathy Barber ChapbookBiography


Cathy Barber has an MFA in poetry from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, an MA from California State University, Hayward, before it became CSU East Bay, and a BA in Social Service from Cleveland State University.

Cathy is a poet-teacher with California Poets in the Schools (CPitS), one of the country's largest and oldest writers-in-residence programs. Cathy served on the CPITS board from 2006-2010, with her second two years as president of the board. She now serves as a member of the CPITS Advisory Council, and is area coordinator for San Mateo County. She has been a poet teacher with CPitS since 2003. She has taught in schools in Woodside, Montara, Menlo Park, San Mateo, Millbrae and many other communities.

Her work has been published widely, including in Tattoo Highway, Literary Mama, The Sierra Nevada College Review, Concho River Review, in Kestrel, San Diego Poetry Annual, Ballyhoo Stories, Off the Coast, Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, The  Rio Grande Review, Slant, SLAB, and Red Rock Review.  Additionally, her poetry and prose have appeared in the anthologies An Eye For An Eye Makes the Whole World Blind, which received the 2003 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles National Literary Award; nth Position's Times New Roman, Doorknobs and BodyPaint's Fantastic Flash Fiction (2008); and The Cancer Poetry Project Vol. 2. (2013) Her poem "After Them," took second place in the S. Portia Steele Memorial Award for Excellence in Poetry, 2006; her flash fiction piece,"The Road to Dublin," was a runner up in Doorknobs and BodyPaint's flash fiction contest, 2003; and her poem "Last," placed second in Gin Bender's 2003 poetry contest. Her manuscript, The Need for Comfort, was a finalist in the 2014 Vine Leaves Vignette manuscript contest.

Additionally, Cathy served as a reader for many years for Tattoo Highway, an online literary journal, now no longer publishing, and, when at CSU East Bay, for the student journal Occam's Razor.  She was a judge in Caltrains' Love Poetry Contest.  She served for two years as a judge in the California Poetry Out Loud contest, which drew high school students from around the state and was held in the state senatorial chambers.  She also served as a judge for the Marin County Poetry Out Loud finals in 2012. 

She has participated in many poetry workshops, including ones led by Cynthia Huntington, Baron Wormser, Dorianne Laux, Marvin Bell and Hilda Raz.  She is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the Academy of American Poets.

She also writes a humor blog, "Is It Just Me?"*

*Please keep in mind that "Is It Just Me" is not always appropriate for young people.