Barbara Sabol is the author of the poetry collections Imagine a Town (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions, 2020), which won the Sheila-Na-Gig Editions’ Full-Length Poetry Manuscript Prize, and Solitary Spin (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2017), as well as two chapbooks, The Distance Between Blues (Finishing Line Press) and Original Ruse (Accents Publishing). Her poems have appeared most recently in The Comstock
Review, San Pedro River Review, Literary Accents, and Voices de la Luna. Barbara's writing also focuses on Eastern forms, such as haiku, tanka and haibun. Poems have appeared in Modern Haiku, Acorn, Akitsu, Frogpond, Presence, Canadian Haiku Journal, and Never Ending Story, among others. Barbara's long- and short-form poems have appeared in numerous anthologies.
Barbara's awards include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council, and the Mary Jean Irion Poetry Prize. Her work has been nominated for five Pushcart Prizes, and two Touchstone awards for her short-form Japanese poetry.
Barbara received a B.A. degree in French and a M.S. degree in Communication Disorders from the University of Massachusetts. She also earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University. Barbara is a speech pathologist, working in a medical setting. She is also an educator, conducting writing workshops for community literary organizations.
Barbara lives in Akron, OH with her husband and wonder dogs.