Jennifer Barber, MFA

Department of English
Editor-in-Chief, Salamander


Phone: 617-305-1919
Fax: 617-305-1744
Office: 8041, 8th Floor, 73 Tremont

Fall 2018 Office Hours 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Thursdays


  • MFA, Columbia University
  • MA, Oxford University
  • BA, Colby College

Research Interests

  • Contemporary poetry and fiction
  • 20th- and 21st-century literary journals
  • American Literature

Selected Employment History

Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of Salamander: a magazine for poetry,fiction, & memoirs  1992-present 
Scholar-in-Residence, Suffolk University 2005-Present 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Suffolk Univeristy  2004-2005 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Wellesley College  2000-2001 
Visiting Assistant Professor, Bradford College  1999-2000 

Other Teaching and Publishing

Creative Writing, Harvard Extension School

Instructor of Creative Writing and Literature at the Brookline Adult & Community Education Program

Publishing jobs include editing, production editing, and copyediting for a variety of organizations and publishers in Boston and New York, among them Longman Inc., Houghton Mifflin, Columbia University Publications Office, Warren, Gorham & Lamont, and the Harvard University Art Museums.


Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Residency (2018)

MacDowell Colony Fellowship (2017)

Tenth Gate Prize (2015)

Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award (2008)

Heinrich Böll Cottage Residency (2008)

St. Botolph Club Foundation Grants-in-Aid Award for Poetry and Poetry in Translation (2005) 

Pushcart Prize (2004) 

Bruce Rossley New Voices Award (1998)

Vendaval, a selection of poems, appeared in Take Three: 3, Agni New Poets Series (Graywolf Press, 1998).

Salamander has been the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Bradford College, and the Brookline Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Selected Publications

Works on Paper, a poetry collection (The Word Works, 2016).  Winner of the 2015 Tenth Gate Prize.

Given Away, a poetry collection (Kore Press, 2012).

Rigging the Wind, a poetry collection, received the 2002 Kore Press First Book Award (Kore Press, 2003).

Poems have been published in a number of literary journals, including Harvard Divinity Bulletin, The New Yorker, Upstreet, Post Road, Field, Georgia Review, Poetry, Fulcrum, Shenandoah, Partisan Review, Harvard Review, The Journal, Heliotrope, Massachusetts Review, and Orion.

As Editor: Salamander vol. 11.1 to present. Recent writers include ‘Gbenga Adeoba, Lucia Cherciu, Sharon Dolin, Jeffrey Harrison, Jessica Greenbaum, Anna Ross, Emily Tuszynska, Neha Chaudhary-Kamdar, Cady Vishniac, David Ferry, Sonya Larson, Keith Eisner, Lola Haskins, Tom Phan, Jill McDonough, Steve Trumpeter, Mary LaChapelle.



Kore Press

The Word Works

Courses Taught

WRI-101 First-Year Writing I
WRI-102 First-Year Writing II
WRI-H103 Advanced First-Year Writing
CI-115 Poetry Out Loud
ENG-130 Introduction to Literature
ENG-217 American Literature I
ENG-301 Gateway Seminar - Short Fiction
ENG-372 The Literary Journal
ENG-375 Poetry Writing Workshop I
ENG-475 Poetry Workshop II
ENG-476 Salamander Practicum
ENG-H525 Chronicles of the Wild
ENG-H525 - Honors Seminar: Edward P. Jones and Jhumpa Lahiri
Seminar for Freshmen - Elizabeth Bishop, Jane Kenyon, and Jorge Luis Borges