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"The poet cannot escape his or her obligation to bear witness to the times." —Maxine Kumin



"Judith Barrington: Literary force and feminist pioneer" OREGON ARTSWATCH, August, 2021

A short movie about Long Love: New and Selected Poems, Salmon Press, 2018. https://youtu.be/W_5r5Y8fjkE

My short (under 2-minute) movie "Love" based on one poem, selected by Cinema Poetica for the Ashland Film Festival, 2017.

Oregon Cultural Heritge Commission: The 100 Oregon Books

The Oregon State Library: 150 Oregon Books for the Sesquicentennial

Oregon ArtBeat, Poetry in Motion, Oregon Public Broadcasting click here

Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers






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Virginia’s Apple: Collected Memoirs, will be published by Oregon State University Press in the spring of 2025.

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In the past decade I have begun to write about the body, its mysteries, breakdowns and recoveries. I am perfectly comfortable using the word "disability" and do so frequently. But at the same time, I find it difficult to separate “disability” from other physical states—as if a person must be either perfect or damaged. This poem is about that: “We Are All Broken.” (Long Love: New and Selected Poems, Salmon Poetry, 2018.)

Two short memoirs were published in the excellent Hospital Drive, a literary journal from the University of Virginia School of Medicine: “Chronic” and “Searching for Truth on the Rehab Ward,” the latter of which tells the story of a subdural hematoma, with accompanying surgery and a long rehabilitation.

“The Wound,” a poem that came out of that experience was featured with an audio recording and an interview on the PBS Newshour’s poetry page.

The poem "Embolisms" was published in Jenny.

“The Walk Home,” published in Creative Nonfiction, summer 2016, won its “best essay prize” for that issue. It was reprinted in Creative Nonfiction, spring 2021 as one of its “favorite prize-winning essays.” I is one of the "Notable Essays of 2016" in The Best American Essays 2017. “True Empathy or Understanding is Rare,” an interview about the memoir by Brianna Snow, is on the Creative Nonfiction website. "The Walk Home" is one of the short memoirs in the just completed manuscript Virginia's Apple.