Aliki Barnstone

Aliki Barnstone, Photo by John Farmer de la Torre
Professor, Poet Laureate of Missouri
311 Tate
Areas of Study: 
American Literature to 1914
Creative Writing
Women's and Gender Studies in English
Research and Teaching: 

Creative Writing (Poetry), Poetry and Poetics, Short Form Non-Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Poetry and Visual Art, Emily Dickinson, The American Renaissance, Translation, Comparative Literature (Poetry in Translation), Spirituality and Writing, Women’s Literature, Memoir, Religious Studies (especially Mysticism), Jewish Studies (Literature of the Holocaust).

Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, and editor. She is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently, Dwelling (Sheep Meadow, 2016), Bright Body (White Pine, 2011) and Dear God Dear, Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow, 2009), three chapbooks, most recently, chapbook, Winter, with Child (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015), and the translator of The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy: A New Translation (W.W. Norton, 2006). Her first book of poems, The Real Tin Flower (Crowell-Collier, 1968), 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.   She is the author of the critical study Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson's Poetic Development (University Press of New England, 2007) and wrote the introduction and reader’s notes for H.D.'s Trilogy (New Directions, 1997). She co-edited A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (Schocken, 1980; 2nd Edition, 1992), which is still the most comprehensive anthology of world women's poetry. She also edited The Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry (Shambhala, 1998; rpt. 2002) and co-edited The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era (critical essays). Among her awards are a Senior Fulbright Fellowship in Greece, 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, an affiliate of the Department of Women's Gender Studies Department, and serves as poet laureate of Missouri.

Education: 

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, English, 1995.
University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D. Program in Literature, 1982-1983.
A.M., Brown University, English, with honors, 1983.
Middlebury College, Spanish Language Summer School, 1980.
A.B., Brown University, Semiotics, with honors, 1980

Select Publications: 
  • Dwelling (poems). Rhinebeck, NY: Sheep Meadow Press, 2016
  • Winter, with Child (poems). Red Wing, MN: Red Dragonfly Press, 2015.
  • Madly in Love: A Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary. Pittsburgh: Carnegie Mellon UP, rpt. 2014 (The Classic Contemporary Series issues out-of-print books by important American poets).
  • Bright Body (poems). Buffalo, NY: White Pine Press, 2011.
  • Dear God, Dear Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems. Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY: The Sheep Meadow Press, 2010.
  • Changing Rapture: The Development of Emily Dickinson's Poetry (literary criticism). University Press of New England, 2007.
  • The Collected Poems of C.P Cavafy: A New Translation (poetry translations). New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2006.
  • Blue Earth (poems). Oak Ridge, TN: Iris Press, 2004.
  • Wild With It (poems). Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY: The Sheep Meadow Press, 2002. 75 pp.
  • Voices of Light: Spiritual and Visionary Poems by Women Around the World from Ancient Sumeria to Now (poetry anthology). Boston, MA: Shambhala Publications, 2000, 287 pp. Reprinted in paperback as The Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry, 2002.
  • An annotated edition of H.D.'s Trilogy, with a critical introduction. New Directions Books, 1998.
  • Madly in Love (poems). Pittsburgh: Carnegie-Mellon, 1997, 67 pp.
  • The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era (literary critical essays), edited with Michael Manson & Carol J. Singley. Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 1997. 317 pp.
  • A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (poetry anthology), edited with Willis Barnstone. New York: Schocken/Random House, First Edition. 1980. 640 pp. Second Revised & Expanded Edition, 1992. 822 pp.
  • Windows in Providence (poems). New York/Austin: Curbstone, 1981. 54 pp.
  • The Real Tin Flower  (poems). Introduced by Anne Sexton. New York: Macmillan, 1968. 64 pp.
Awards and Honors: 
  • Poet Laureate of Missouri, 2016-the present
  • Anderson Center at Tower View, Red Wing, MN. Residency. September 1-15, 2013
  • Senior Fulbright Scholar, affiliated with the University of Athens, Fall 2006
  • Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, Silver Pen Award, 2004
  • Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature (Individual) Fellowship--Poetry, 1998