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Barbara Blanks is the Recording Secretary and Librarian for the Poetry Society of Texas. She is also the assistant treasurer, webmaster, book prize mailer, and administrator of the PST Facebook page.
She was the president and editor of A Galaxy of Verse, a non-profit literary foundation that produced an anthology by the same name, twice a year for eight years. She retired from writing on assignment for RubberStampMadness, a national stamping magazine, and for The Senior Voice, a Dallas news magazine, in order to devote more time to poetry.
Barb has written a memoir about her father-in-law (Out of the Wreckage: The Pop Stories), and co-authored a young adult novel with Mary Winklebleck (Giant Steps), plus two books of prose & poetry: Unstable: Twisted Tales & Tasty Entrails, and Out of My Mind: Flights of Truth & Fiction.
That's in addition to producing six poetry chapbooks: I've Heard Verse: awfully good poetry), Flesh of the Sun: Life Above the Ground, Not Quite Leaping Puddles, Traveling Sideways, and Resisting the Ground.
Not Quite Leaping Puddles was the winner of the "William D. Barney Chapbook Contest" offered by the Fort Worth Poetry Society--in spite of the manuscript having been withdrawn by the author. It was sent to the judge in error, so while it won, the author immediately disqualified herself.
Resisting the Ground is the winner of the Alabama State Poetry Society Book of the Year Award, 2020.
Barb has also won, placed, or showed in a variety of story and poetry contests, and has been published in a numerous places, including Poetry Society of Texas A Book of the Year, National Federation of State Poetry Societies Encore, Writers Journal Magazine, ByLine Magazine, Writer's Digest Prize Poems anthology, Texas Poetry Calendar, Lifting the Sky, and several state poetry anthologies. Her now defunct Brown Bag Poets group published an anthology, The Earth Still Turns, in 2013. This book includes poems from prize-winning poets Linda Banks, Marilyn Stacy, Catherine L'Herisson, Mary Cimarolli, Barbara Blanks, and Pat Randolph.
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