Barbara holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles and a BA from Virginia Tech. She is trained in the Amherst Writers and Artists method and is an AWA Affiliate Leader. She has led workshops privately, through adult and community education, in a medium-security prison for women, at Lory's Place, and at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joseph, Michigan. Her work has appeared in Lyrical Iowa, Periphery, PATCHWORK, at languageandculture.net and in the anthology Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease. Barbara is currently working on a collection of essays entitled Never a Barbie.