Creative Writing and Literary Arts
Judith Barringon is the author of Lifesaving: A Memoir, which won the 2000 Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Her best-selling text, Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, is used in writing programs and by writers' groups across the USA and in Britain and Australia. She has also published three volumes of poetry and a chapbook. Her work has been published in many literary journals and been featured by Garrison Keillor on his National Public Radio program, The Writer's Almanac. Judith has taught workshops in memoir at Split Rock (University of Minnesota), The Hassayampa Writers' Conference in Prescott, Arizona, The Port Townsend Writers Conference, and many others. She also teaches memoir classes for The Poetry School in Spain and England, and for the Arvon Foundation in the US. She is a web mentor for the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit Judith's personal site.
| ||An Intimate Wilderness|
This poetry and prose anthology speaks of the ebb and flow of lesbian sexuality. Not a how-to manual or an erotica reader, it is a refreshingly honest treatment of a complex subject. Taken together, these pieces examine women's efforts to define sexuality on their own terms, how intimacy influences other aspects of their lives and vice versa.
| ||Trying to Be an Honest Women|
"These poems are witty, ironic, sad and finally, hopeful. Barrington's strength is that she does not leave us with an awareness of failure, disconnection and missed opportunities...Barrington's work is tough and passionate, and should be widely read." --The Women's Review of Books
| ||History & Geography|
"Judith Barrington writes masterfully of identity, destiny and roots...The thirty-five poems and one prose memoir push against safe emotional boundaries like waves crashing against the shore. Yet Barrington does not flail away with her pen. Her images are rendered with precision and are glorious..."
| ||Lifesaving: A Memoir|
Barrington, a British poet and author, demonstrates her mastery of words in this coming-of-age story. Barrington's parents drowned as a result of a cruise ship fire when she was just 19, and here she reflects on her search for her identity at a time when she was in denial of her parent's deaths.
| ||Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art|
Judith Barrington, an award-winning memoir writer and acclaimed writing teacher, is attuned to the forces, both external and internal, that work to stop a writer; her tone is respectful of the difficulties and encouraging of taking risks. Her nimble prose, her deep belief in the importance of this genre, and her delight in the rich array of memoirists writing today make this book more than the typical "how-to" creative writing book.
| ||Horses & the Human Soul|
This is the poet's third book of poems and marks a big leap forward in confidence, grasp of form, and weight of subject matter. She is sometimes funny, often wise, and the poems are elegant, some in traditional forms, others merely musical.
| ||Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea|
In these poems Judith Barrington draws on her fascination with the ocean and the currents of her imagination to create poems that are surprising, provocative, witty, and profound.