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.  

Barr is a literacy tutor for the Waukegan Public Library 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.

Media: Poetry on the "El"

 Chicago Tribune: Monday, September 16, 2019   

Story  by Mary Wisniewski, Poet Finds Inspiration in the "L" 

Interview on "Good Day  DePaul" 

with Marissa Nelson 

October, 22, 2019

Fast forward to 20:20 to see Barr's segment.


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.