Beachwood, NJ – Barbara has lived in Colombia and Venezuela. She has taught Spanish and is currently teaching English as a Second Language at the Ocean County College. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Non Fiction from Lesley College in Massachusetts, 1989. She has published a long poem, If there Weren’t So Many of Them, BirchBrook Press, Delhi, N.Y. l990; and Westerly, Professional Publishing Co., Dallas TX, l994, a work of non fiction in the field of arts therapy; as well as stories in the California Quarterly, and the Texas Review. Her first novel, The Gold Mine, was published in l988, by the Latin American Literary Review Press. She has received a fiction fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and from The New Jersey Council on the Arts, as well as a Geraldine Dodge fellowship to the Virginia Center, in 2002. Most recently she won a fiction award for a novel, The Spanish Teacher, from the Gival Press. The novel was published in the summer of 2007.