Photo by Cliff Fyman in Cafe Pick Me Up 2014
Born in Detroit in 1948, Barbara Henning moved to New York City in 1983 with the father of her children, Allen Saperstein (d. 4/25/1997). She is the mother of Michah Saperstein and Linnée Snyder, with two grandchildren, Luke and Logan Snyder. In 2005 Barbara moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico briefly and then to Tucson, Arizona where she taught for the University of Arizona and for the Poetry Center, serving on the board of the literary group POG and Chax Press. In 2010 she returned to New York City, the East Village and in 2017 settling in Brooklyn. She’s the author of four novels and nine collections of poetry. A novel, Just Like That was released by Spuyten Duyvil (June 2018) and A Day Like Today in late 2015 by Negative Capability Press. Other recent books include two collections of poetry and prose, A Swift Passage (Quale Press, 2013) and Cities & Memory (Chax Press, 2010); a novel, Thirty Miles to Rosebud (BlazeVox, 2009); a collection of object-sonnets, and My Autobiography (United Artists, 2007). She is also a board member on Belladonna and the author/editor of a book of interviews, Looking Up Harryette Mullen (Belladonna, 2011), and The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins (Blazevox, 2012). For a number of years she published limited editions (108) of a series of 16 photo-poem pamphlets, distributed to a list of poets. The last of this series was published a few years ago, My Animal Eyeball. She is a long-time yoga practitioner, having lived and studied in Mysore, India with Shankaranarayana Jois and she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and her teaching at Naropa University (2006-14), writers.com and Long Island University in Brooklyn.
See also: Poetry Foundation