Brian Barker holds an MFA from George Mason
University and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. His manuscript
The Animal Gospels has just been awarded the Editors' Prize in
the Tupelo Press first-book competition and will be published by
Tupelo. His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Indiana
Review, Sou'wester, Pleiades, and River
Styx. Barker is the recipient
of two Pushcart nominations, an Academy of American Poets Prize,
a fellowship from Inprint, Inc., and two "Americans in Krakow" Poetry
Seminar fellowships. He has taught at the University of Houston
and with Writers in the Schools and currently works as the assistant
director of The Center for the Literary Arts at the University
of Missouri and as managing editor of the affiliated journal Center.
He and his wife, the poet Nicky Beer, live in Columbia, Missouri.