A New Review for Immortal Medusa

This one comes from Dave Donahue, the editor and publisher of Ra Press. Read the review in full below.

When I was a very little kid, the third floor attic was spooky and dark yet inviting in a magical way… When very brave I ventured down the main aisle and peered into the two fully complete bedrooms there—wild and compelling furnishings made up these unoccupied Victorian-like bedrooms, light from small windows carved somewhere in the roof gave oblique lighting—dust motes clearly seen as if in a dusty projection room… Mystified and yet magically enthralled I just stood there, peering in…

Haven’t had that feeling of awe in a while but it returned in reading IMMORTAL MEDUSA… How to explain the feeling? Like being in a place where there are artifacts of basically everything—ancient philosophies, odd slices of history, articles of faith, weird science, and yes, so much knowing documentation of family—childhood, aging and everything in between….

This book is a really great read. I was back in those rooms, peering into the mysteries of things oddly familiar yet just beyond my complete understanding. For me, Ms. Ungar is to poetry as William Kotzwinkle is to prose—they both can head out in any and all directions in their art and bring the reader to wonderful places…

Read this book!

A Review, A Reading, and an Award

Immortal Medusa has been recently reviewed in Poets and Artists magazine by Rita Maria Martinez, the author of The Jane and Bertha in Me. Read her review and a few shared poems here.

At the end of April, Barbara was the featured reader at Wild Minds, a reading of nature poetry at the Hyuck Preserve Eldridge Research Station in Rensselaerville, NY.

Wild Mind reading

Immortal Medusa also recently won the Adirondack Center for Writing Best Book of Poetry 2015 Award. Barbara’s co-winner was Stuart Bartow, with Einstein’s Lawn. Barbara and Stuart will read together on July 29th at the Fourth Lake Community Center in Lake Luzerne, NY. Check the events page for more details.


Creative Writing Faculty Reading


Barbara will be joining the rest of her Creative Writing faculty at the College of Saint Rose for a reading of recent work. The other readers include Rone Shavers, Hollis Seamon, Kenneth Krauss, and Daniel Nester. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the Standish Rooms at the College of Saint Rose. View the Facebook event page here.

New Reviews for “Immortal Medusa.”

Immortal Medusa has a new review, this time from Ann Wehrmann of Pedestal Magazine. She says that it “navigates humor, dark abandon, and ecstasy, her poems shimmering with refined attention to craft.”

Read the full review here.

Also, Immortal Medusa was one of only seven indie poetry books to be included in Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2015 list.


Reread that review here and see the full Best Books list here!

Reading with Bernadette Mayer, 10/23/15

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Barbara recently read at the College of Saint Rose with poetry legend, Bernadette Mayer. Bernadette was introduced by current MFA student, Amber O’Sullivan, who introduced her by way of a wonderful poem. Bernadette is currently the College’s Visiting Writer for the MFA program, as well as a Guggenheim recipient. She read poems spanning her entire career, and those from her most recent collection, Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Early Books of Bernadette Mayer.

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Barbara was introduced by Alyssa Cohorn, who is also in the College of Saint Rose MFA program. Barbara read from Immortal Medusa, and also previewed some new poems.

Reading at Outdated: An Antique Cafe


Kicking off a busy fall reading schedule, I appeared last night with Stuart Bartow at Word Café, curated by Nina Shengold. Instead of the usual reading plus open mic scenario, Nina has featured writers give a short reading, followed by a craft talk, inspired by her trenchant questions and those of the audience. Then readers give a prompt, she gives a prompt, and everyone writes for 15 min. Anyone who wants to can get up and read what they’ve written, and also gets spare prompts to take home. There’s coffee and food, and everything in Outdated is for sale, so the decor is constantly changing. A truly fun and inspiring night of writing, even after a full day of work. These readings are Thursdays at 6:30, at Outdated: An Antique Cafe, 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY. Reading and craft class. Contact Nina Shengold.


D.C. Reading

Last Monday I read at Cafe Muse with poet W.T. Pfefferle (author of My Coolest Shirt). I was thrilled to represent the Word Works in their hometown, Washington, D.C. I promised my co-reader I’d wear my coolest dress to compliment his coolest shirt. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Selling books with W.T. Pfefferle.
Reading from Immortal Medusa
Reading from Immortal Medusa.
Richard Peabody and Leslie Pietrzyk in audience
Richard Peabody and Leslie Pietrzyk giggling in the audience.

You can find me next at the NYC Poetry Festival on Governer’s Island. More information on my Events page!