Ms Judith Barrington

Oregon, United States

Judith Barrington is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Horses and the Human Soul (2004) chosen by the State Library for "150 Books for the Sesquicentennial" (from among books by Oregon writers, 1836 – 2009). Her previous two poetry collections were History and Geography, finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and Trying to be an Honest Woman. She also has two chapbooks: Lost Lands, winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Award, and Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea. Her fourth poetry collection, The Conversation, will be released in 2015.

She is also the author of Lifesaving: A Memoir, which won the 2001 Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Her book Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art  remains a best seller.

She was the winner of the 2013 Gregory O’Donoghue Poetry Award which she received in Cork, Ireland, at the International Poetry Festival. She has won many other awards including The Dulwich International Festival Poetry Prize (U.K.), The Clackamas Review Poetry Prize, The Looking Glass Spring Poetry Contest, The A.C.L.U. of Oregon's Freedom of Expression Award and, with her partner, The Stuart Holbrook Award for services to the literary community of Oregon from Literary Arts Inc.

Her poetry and creative nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, including The Kenyon Review, Poetry London, The Bridport Prize Anthology, Sonora Review, Creative Nonfiction, Prairie Schooner, River Styx and others.

She has been a faculty member of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and teaches in Spain and the UK.





  • Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art (2nd Edition) , The Eighth Mountain Press (March 2002)
  • Lifesaving: A Memoir , The Eighth Mountain Press (July 2000)
  • Horses and the Human Soul , Story Line Press (2004)
  • Lost Lands (Robin Becker Chapbook Award ) , Seven Kitchens Press (May 2008)
  • Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea (Chapbook) , The Eighth Mountain Press (February 2008)


  • The Gregory O'Donoghue Poetry Prize(2013)


  • Associate Faculty at University of Alaska, Anchorage (May 2007 - December 2011)


  • Master of Arts in Writing from Goddard college (1982)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Marylhurst University (1980)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry