Barbara Brinson Curiel is a native of San Francisco, California. She has recently published poems in the journals: Kweli,Huizsache, and, as well as in the chapbook anthology Mirage. Her poems are included in the 2011 collection Cantar de Espejos: Poesía Testimonial Chicana por Mujeres published in Mexico, and in anthologies including: Under the Fifth Sun: Latino Literature From California; The Floating Borderlands: Twenty-five Years of U.S. Hispanic Literature; Literatura Chicana 1965-1995; and in the forthcoming Anthology of Latino Poetry.
Barbara's first book of poetry, Speak to Me From Dreams, was published in 1989 (Third Woman Press). She published two chapbooks: Nocturno, and Vocabulary of the Dead, early in her writing career. Her 2010-2012 fellowship with Canto Mundo, the national organization for Latino poets, has fostered a renewed period of writing and publishing after a hiatus devoted to family and career.
A graduate of Mills College, Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Barbara is a professor in the departments of Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English at Humboldt State University, where she teaches creative writing, Chicano/Latino and feminist studies, and American literature. She has published scholarly essays on the narrative writings of Latina authors. Barbara is also a textile artist.