Barbara Nickel

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Barbara Kathleen Nickel (born June 22, 1966, in Saskatoon, Sasketchewan) is a Canadian poet.[1]


She was raised in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Goshen College and the University of British Columbia with an M.F.A. She was the poetry editor of Prism International.

She moved to St.John's, Newfoundland, then back in British Columbia.[2] She was on a panel at the 2005 Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference.[3]


  • 1995 The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize
  • 1996 National Magazine Awards, honourable mention
  • 1996 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young Adults, finalist
  • 1997 Mr. Christie's Book Award, finalist
  • 1998 B.C. Red Cedar Awards, finalist
  • 1998 Pat Lowther Award


  • "Onychomychosis", The Walrus
  • The Gladys Elegies. Coteau Books. 1997. ISBN 978-1-55050-112-4.
  • From the Top of a Grain Elevator. Beach Holme Pub. 1999. ISBN 978-0-88878-397-4.
  • Domain: poems. Anansi. 2007. ISBN 978-0-88784-759-2.

Young adult fiction[edit]




In Domain, her second collection, B.C. poet and fiction writer Barbara Nickel engages explicitly with the concept of home – specifically, the house she grew up in and the memories it evokes. That focus doesn't mean the poems are narrow in scope. Nickel subtly explores the broader associations of each room (for instance, the section "Master Bedroom" comments on marriage) and searchingly paces the halls of a family history that's filled with heartache (her Russian ancestors' village is described in idyllic terms, until "Revolution burned / that inside out").[4]


  1. ^ Elizabeth Lumley (2005). Canadian Who's Who 2005. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 978-0-8020-8907-6.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2009-09-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-03-02. Retrieved 2009-09-02.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Barbara Carey (June 10, 2007). "Home, it's where we want to be". The Toronto Star.

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