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 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. Since 2005, she has been the Director of Trinity University Press, San Antonio, Texas. 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.
Honors and awards
- 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 1997 Walt Whitman Award, chosen by C. K. Williams
- Georgia Author of the Year Award for poetry.
- Ascher Montandon Award
- Kate Tufts Discovery Award
- honors from the National Writers Union, Villa Montalvo, San Jose Poetry Center.
- Bite Every Sorrow. Louisiana State University Press. 1998. ISBN 978-0-8071-2264-8.
- One hidden stuff. Penguin Books. 2006. ISBN 978-0-14-303785-9.
- The Last Skin. Penguin Books. 2010. ISBN 978-0-14-311697-4.
- Barbara Ras, ed. (1994). Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion. Whereabouts Press. ISBN 978-1-883513-00-9.
- Williams, Phil (September 13, 1999). "Poet Barbara Ras to Present Reading on at UGA". uga.edu. Retrieved June 16, 2009.
- Poem: Academy of American Poets > You cannot Have It All by Barbara Ras
- Poem: "It Came Down Ice Last Night". Orion Magazine. March–April 2008.