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Barbara Nickel

Barbara Nickel

Barbara Nickel writes for adults and young people. Her third collection of poetry, Essential Tremor, was released in April 2021. Her first collection, The Gladys Elegies, won the Pat Lowther Award and her second, Domain, was a Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including The Walrus, Poetry Ireland Review, and Best Canadian Poetry 2021. Nickel is also an award-winning author of books for young people; her children’s novel, Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, won the BC/Yukon Book Prize Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. A picture book, A Boy Asked the Wind, was shortlisted for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award. Dear Peter, Dear Ulla, a middle-grade novel, was released in the fall of 2021. Barbara grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in Yarrow, BC, on the Stó:lo territory of the Pilalt and Ts’elxwéyeqw.

Email:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada
City:
Yarrow
Province:
BC
Genre:
Poetry/Children's Literature/Creative Nonfiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

The Gladys Elegies (poetry). 1997, Coteau Books
From the Top of a Grain Elevator. 1999, Dundurn Press
Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach. 2005, Penguin Canada
Domain (poetry). 2007, House of Anansi
A Boy Asked the Wind. 2015, Red Deer Press
The Mozart Girl. 2019, Second Story Press
Essential Tremor (poetry). 2021, Caitlin Press
Dear Peter, Dear Ulla. 2021, Thistledown Press

Awards

Malahat Long Poem Prize, 1995
Pat Lowther Award for The Gladys Elegies, 1995
BC/Yukon Book Prizes Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize for Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, 2006
Governor General's Literary Award -- Shortlist for Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, 2005
CLA Honour Book of the Year for Hannah Waters and the Daughter of Johann Sebastian Bach, 2006
Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Literature Award for A Boy Asked the Wind, 2016
The Malahat Review Constance Rooke Creative Nonfiction Prize -- Shortlist, 2020
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Presentation Description

Reading of poems from collections and new work followed by Q & A if applicable.

Presentation Length:
45-60 minutes
Genre:
Poetry
Grades:
Adults
Audience Size:
up to 200
Presenation:
$300/full reading; $150/half reading
Workshop Description:

Poetry workshops with hands-on writing activities adapted to appropriate levels and age-groups.

Workshop Length:
45-60 minute session; half-day; whole day; 1-2 week residency
Workshop Intended Audience:
Adapted for K-12, adults
Workshop Audience Size:
up to 30
Workshop Fee:
$250/session and fees adjusted according to session length
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
School Presentation Description:

Readings and interactive activities from children's novels, poetry and picture book, as well as Q & A on the writing and editing process adapted to appropriate levels and age groups. Poetry workshops for classroom-size groups also available.

School Presentation Length:
45-60 minutes
School Intended Audience:
Adapted to K-12
School Audience Size:
up to 200
School Presentation Fee:
$250/session and fees adjusted according to length
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes