As Spain’s master of the baroque, Lope de Vega is celebrated as one of the most prolific dramatists in history, but in this chapbook's title story, Lois Barr imagines his daughter as an instrumental and undervalued collaborator in his legendary output. Throughout this collection, Barr uses research to explore what avenues of expression were open to women during Spain’s history. And while this past is often rigidly paternalistic, her facility with language and details brings it all to vivid and beautiful life.
Barr has published in DuPage Literary Review, East on Central, Highland Park Poetry, Mochila, Mixitini Matrix, Valley Voices and in anthologies at Richer Resources and The Universal Table.
Her poem “Biopoesis” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the Journal of Modern Poetry and her chapbook won first prize in Poetica’s 2013 chapbook contest and "Hagar" was a finalist for the 2019 Rita Dove Poetry Prize.
Biopoesis can be purchased at Amazon.
Read Barr's recipe for paella in Alimentum, "Simplicity"
Her stories have appeared in cream city review, Phati’tude’s Summer 1960s Special, Ekakshara, The Legendary, The Examined Life, and anthologies from Kystory and Modernist Press.
“War Story” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Flashquake.
"I Stole Francie Bigassi's Boyfriend" is up at Persimmon Tree
Cristina Zabalaga, Magritte y la rabia/Magritte and Rage, Palabras Errantes (London)