Barbara Ras

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Barbara Ras (b. 1949 New Bedford, Massachusetts ) is an American poet, translator and publisher. Her most recent poetry collection is The Last Skin (Penguin Books, 2010), which was preceded by One Hidden Stuff (Penguin Books, 2006), and her first collection is Bite Every Sorrow (Louisiana State University Press, 1998).


She graduated from Simmons College, and University of Oregon. She taught writing at Warren Wilson College.

She has been on the editorial staffs of Wesleyan University Press, the University Press of New England, the University of California Press, North Point Press and Sierra Club Books. She was Senior Editor acquiring environmental books for the University of Georgia Press.[1][2] Since 2005, she has been the Director of Trinity University Press, San Antonio, Texas.[3][4] She lives with her husband; they have a daughter (b. 1984).

She has traveled extensively in Latin America and lived for periods of time in Colombia and Costa Rica.

Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Boulevard, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, American Scholar, and Spoon River Poetry Review.

She will be a Featured Presenter at the 2010 AWP.[5]

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Published works[edit]

Poetry Collections


  • Barbara Ras, ed. (1994). Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion. Whereabouts Press. ISBN 978-1-883513-00-9. 


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