About Me

About Me

I was born in North Vancouver, BC, land of tall trees and too much rain. I attended University of British Columbia (theatre, special education) and University of Victoria, graduating with a B.A. in English with distinction. Further education includes courses in Public Relations theory and practice, 12 years of voice training, and intensive workshops in writing, puppetry, vocal improvisation, and music healing.

My life has been an alternating round of solitary reflection and public performing (and all the bits in between). I call myself a “serial artist” since I seem to move among different genres at different times in my life. As a writer and editor I’ve worked in journalism, public relations, government policy, education, and the arts. As a creative writer I move among poetry, fiction, and non-fiction—whatever form the muse dictates. Beyond writing, I’ve been an active musician in both the classical and jazz worlds, singing in ensembles and as a soloist and occasionally composing. When I’m not writing, I’m hanging out in the garden, scratching around for inspiration.

Barbara Black