Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Lois Baer Barr lives in Riverwoods, Illinois. A finalist for the 2019 Rita Dove Poetry Award, Barr was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in fiction and poetry. Her chapbook Biopoesis won Poetica’s 2013 chapbook award, and her chapbook of fiction, Lope de Vega’s Daughter, is available from Red Bird Press. Her chapbook Tracks: Poems on the El is won fourth place in Finishing LIne Press's 2021 contest.
Barr is a literacy tutor for Forging Opportunities for Refugees in America and a reading buddy for Open Books in Chicago. She gives writing workshops in poetry for all ages.
An emerita professor of Spanish at Lake Forest College, she is teaching creative writing in Spanish there in the fall of 2019. Her academic publications include two books, articles and reviews on Contemporary Spanish and Latin American fiction in journals such as Anales galdosianos, Hispania, Hispanic Review, and Romance Quarterly.
Barr studied in Madrid for two years and returns to Spain whenever she can to hike, bike or dance. She and her husband Lew have cycled in Cantabria and Catalunya and hiked in La Rioja. When Lew turned seventy, they rode their bicycles from home in Riverwoods to New York City; now they're planning their ride through the Florida Keys. If she’s not writing in the Writers Workspace in Chicago, she’ll be practicing flamenco.
Check out this video of my struggles with A.D.D.
Author photo by Ed Levin, Bike the Drive photo by Emily Ruth, backstage at Northeastern Illinois University Flamenco Recital, the end of the Erie Canal Towpath photo by Lew Barr.