Barbara LaMorticella

Barbara LaMorticella lives in a cabin in the woods outside Portland, Oregon. She has edited or co-edited three collections of Portland poetry including Portland Lights in 2000. In 1997, her second collection of poems, Rain on Waterless Mountain, was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and in 2000, she received the first Oregon Literary Fellowship for women writers. Barbara was awarded the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award by Literary Arts in 2005, an award presented to a person or organization in recognition of significant contributions that have enriched Oregon's literary community.


Her work is featured in many anthologies, most recently To Topos Poetry International: Poverty and Poetry (Oregon State University, 2008); Not a Muse (Haven Books, 2009); and Eating the Pure Light (The Backwaters Press, 2009). She's been featured at Bumbershoot, Seattle's Music and Arts Festival, where she won a Bumbershoot Big Book Award. Additionally, Barbara was twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, has had her work featured as part of Poetry in Motion, and hosts a regular poetry program, The Talking Earth, on KBOO-FM in Portland.

After. Life

Complete Reading from Mountain Writers Series 2010

The Frogs of War