with poet Francisco x. Alarcon at Flor y Canto Festival, San Francisco, 2012
VIRGINIA BARRETT is a published poet, writer, artist, educator, activist, and editor. In 2012 she co-edited (with Bobby Coleman): OCCUPY SF, poems from the movement.
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Barrett is a poet and writer inspired by her surroundings, her work tied to her eye as a visual artist as well as the sense of spirit she gathers from a place. While she writes in diverse styles, including narrative and political poetry, as well as prose and memoir, she is intuitively drawn to composing short poems bordering on the mystical. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines and anthologies including Southern Poetry Review, Kerf, La Bloga, and Heal Your Soul-Heal the World; she has received grants from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico and The Book Club of California in San Francisco. Barrett's most recent books are: Radiance, poems from Mendocino and the travel memoir Mbira Maker Blues, a healing journey to Zimbabwe.
An active member of the San Francisco Bay area literary scene, Barrett has read at many local venues including: Modern Times Bookstore, Bird and Becketts Bookstore, Koret Auditorium, Books Inc. in Alameda, and the Brava Theater as part of Flor y Canto Festival. A member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade, she has performed with them at the San Francisco International Poetry Festival and has participated in political actions in the street. She was a selected poet for the 2012 San Francisco Poets 11 series judged by former San Francisco poet laureate Jack Hirschman.
Certified in classical yogic meditation, Barrett brings elements of the practice to her writing workshops. She recognizes, from personal experience, the benefits of meditation to help focus the creative mind and shares techniques with workshop participants.
To learn more about Virginia visit her website: www.virginiabarrett.com
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