Holland, Barbara (1925 - 1988)

Genre: Poetry

Poet Barbara Holland was born in Portland, Maine on July 12, 1925, and raised in Philadelphia. Her parents were both professors, and her father was also chief of the fine arts division at the Library of Congress.

Holland attended Smith College, and went on to earn a B.A. and an M.A. in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania, then moved to New York City's Greenwich Village, where she worked as a poet until her death in 1988.

Holland's poems have been published in more than a thousand literary journals, including The New York Poetry Quarterly, The Beloit Poetry Review, and Antioch Review.

Holland was well known as a powerful reader of her own poetry.

Selected Bibliography

  • Medusa
  • Lens, Light and Sound
  • Return in Sagittarius (1965)
  • A Game of Scraps: Poems of A MacDougal Midway (1967)
  • Autumn Wizard (1973)
  • Melusine Remembered (1974)
  • On This High Hill (1974)
  • Burrs (1978)
  • In the Shadows (1979?)
  • Collected Poems, Volume 1 (1980)
  • Running Backwards: Selected Poems (1983)