Barbara Southard Profile

Education: studied poetry and art at the following institutions: Oregon State, Stony Brook University, Feminist Art Institute, New York City, Suffolk Community College, Ruth Leaf
Studios master classes under the poets Marvin Bell, David Wagoner, C.K. Williams.

Awards:  Nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Big Pond Rumours (Canada) for the poem, “With Tools Pyramiding Around Him”   

2022 - Present Board member of Long Island Poetry & Literature Repository

2019-2021: Served as Poet Laureate, Suffolk County (until June 2021).

2018:  Chosen to serve as a mentor in the mentoring program initiated by our current poet laureates, Gladys Henderson (Suffolk County) and Peter Dugan (Nassau County).

2015-2018:  Launched a fundraiser each year to fund the Poetry Barn in Huntington, hosted by George Wallace.

2014: Served on the editorial-selection committee under Gladys Henderson to select and edit poems for the book, A Taste of Poetry, published in 2015 by Walt Whitman Birthplace Association.
Selected as one of the Judges for the annual children’s poetry contest at Walt Whitman Birthplace.
Planned and conducted poetry workshops at Walt Whitman State Historic Site and Interpretive Center for Long Island students as well as those from further distances. She was selected to run a workshop for a class that traveled from West Yorkshire, England. Barbara also worked with children and adults who are learning English as their second language, using poetry to help develop language skills.
Co-editor of Xanadu, a national literary journal published by The Long Island Poetry Collective, which has been active since 1973. I serve as one of the facilitators from The Long Island Poetry Collective and help run workshops in the Huntington Library.

2000-2006:  Worked with children at risk at Pederson-Krag Clinic, teaching life skills. While there, I created and directed a poetry celebration for the children and their families at the Conklin Museum in Huntington, New York. The children, ranging in age from 7 to 14, wrote their own poems and were able to read them in front of an audience.

1983-2000:  Worked in the graphics art field as a graphic artist.

1976-1983:  Free-lance artist, Atelier manager.

Long Island Poems ( (2022)

Time & Space ( (2020)

Remember ( (2008)

For Loving Precious Beast, (Purple Sage Press 2006
Grabbing the Apple, (J.B. Stillwater 2016) 
Paumanok Interwoven, (Island Sound Press 2013)
Primal Sanities!, (Allbook Books 2007
A Taste Of Poetry, (Walt Whitman Birthplace Association 2015) Whispers and Shouts, (Local Gems Poetry Press 2012)
Long Island Quarterly 25th Anniversary Edition, (Local Gems Press, 2015)
The Passage Between The Transatlantic Anthology, (The Passage Between 2019)
Suffolk County Poetry Review, (Local Gems Press 2016-2018), Bards Annual 2011-2018 (Local Gems Press),
Long Island Sounds 2005-2008 (North Sea Poetry Scene Press) Writing Outside the Lines (North Sea Poetry Scene Press, 2012) Long Island Sounds 2015 (Wylde Syde Press)

Journals, Newspapers: Boones Press; Canary; Eratio Poetry; Home Planet News; Long Island Quarterly; Mobius; Poet Lore; Performance Poets Association; The Long Islander; Big Pond Rumours.  

To Contact Barbara:
Barbara Southard                                                          
3 Cedar Hill Terrace                                                          
Miller Place, NY 11764                                                     
631-928 4703