Dr. Aliki Barnstone

Missouri, United States

Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, editor, and visual artist. Her books of poems are, Bright Body (White Pine, 2011) and Dear God Dear, Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow, 2009), Blue Earth (Iris, 2004), Wild With It (Sheep Meadow, 2002), a National Books Critics Circle Notable Book, Madly in Love (Carnegie-Mellon, 1997), Windows in Providence (Curbstone, 1981), and The Real Tin Flower (Crowell-Collier, 1968), her first book of poems, which was published when she was 12 years old, with a forward by Anne Sexton. In 2014, Carnegie-Mellon University Press reissued her book, Madly in Love, as a Carnegie-Mellon Classic Contemporary. Other books are The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy: A New Translation (W.W. Norton, 2006) and Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson's Poetic Development (University Press of New England, 2007). She has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize twice. She edited A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (Schocken, 1980; second edition, 1992), The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era (University Press of New England, 1997), The Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry (Shambhala, 1999; 2003), and she introduced and wrote the readers' notes for H.D.'sTrilogy (New Directions, 1998). Her poems and translations have appeared in The American Poetry ReviewThe Georgia ReviewNew LettersPleiadesPrairie SchoonerThe Southern ReviewTriQuarterlyVirginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She has recorded a collaborative CD with musician Frank Haney. Among her awards are a Senior Fulbright Fellowship in Greece (to research and write a sequence of poems in the voice of an imaginary poet, Eva Victoria Perera, a Sephardic Jew from Thessaloniki, who survives the Holocaust), the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, and a residency at the Anderson Center at Tower View. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia, where she serves as Series Editor of the Cliff Becker Book Prize in Translation.


Website: www.alikibarnstone.com

Twitter Username: @AlikiBee


  • Residency at the Anderson Center at Tower View(2013)
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship - Athens, Greece(2006)
  • Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame(2002)
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry(1998)


  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Beloit College (1990 - 1991)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor at Marquette University (1991 - 1992)
  • Assistant Professor at Bucknell University (1993 - 1998)
  • Writer-in-Residence at Villanova University (1996 - 1996)
  • Associate Professor at University of South Dakota (1998 - 1999)
  • Professor of English at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1999 - 2007)
  • Professor Engish at University of Missouri (2007 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Semiotics from Brown University (1980)
  • Master of Arts in English from Brown University (1984)
  • Doctoral Degree in English from University of California, Berkeley (1995)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry