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Judith Barrington is an an award-winning memoirist and poet. Her new collection of short memoirs: Virginia’s Apple, is published fall, 2024, by Oregon State University Press. Many of these memoirs appeared, over time, in literary journals including Creative Nonfiction (“Best Essay” and “Favorite Prizewinning Essays), 1966 A Journal of Creative Nonfiction, the Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review, and “Notable Essays” in The Best American Essays 2017.

Her previous memoir, Lifesaving, won the Lambda Book Award and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir. Her best-selling text on writing literary memoir is used all across the United States and in Australia and Europe. 

She has published five collections of poetry and two poetry chapbooks. Her poem “The Conversation” won the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. Judge, Thomas McCarthy, wrote: "This is a brilliant technical achievement; it reminds us all that great poetry is both fine thinking and achieved style... mindful, thoughtful, calculated and superbly pre-meditated work.” 

She is well known as a writer and much sought-after as a teacher. She has been a faculty member of the MFA program at the University of Alaska at Anchorage and taught workshops at many conferences and writing events in the U.S. as well as in England and Spain.

Judith grew up in England and moved to the United States in 1976. She has lived in Portland, Oregon since then.

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Short quotes about Judith Barrington’s work