2.8 (episode 60) featuring Barbara Rockman!

Barbara Rockman is author of Sting and Nest, Poems, winner of the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award.     

Her 2019 collection, to cleave | University of New Mexico Press

received the National Press Women Prize and was a finalist for the International Book Award and the New Mexico Book Award.

Recipient of the Baskerville Poetry Prize, New Mexico Discovery Award,

and The MacGuffin Prize, her Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominated poems appear in, Thrush, Nimrod and Verse Daily.

Barbara teaches poetry at Santa Fe Community College, Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families, and in community workshops. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Find her at

About the reading:
“I am reading several poems from to cleave that celebrate family, a sustaining force especially during the past few challenging years.
Other poems are new and written during the pandemic, poems that name the challenges and seek solace and praise from a dark, though sometimes peaceful and ever complicated time. Writing these poems gave me the great gift of naming and better understanding the literal and metaphorical possibilities of being human  during political chaos and a plague.”

Watch Barbara’s reading Here!

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