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Who's Publishing What: Mouths of Garden

In Barbara Fant’s newest poetry collection, Mouths of Garden (Sundress Publications), she describes resiliency — especially that of Black people who uplift communities ravaged by racism, illness, domestic abuse, police brutality and toxic omission.

Barbara’s first poetry collection, Paint, Inside Out, was published by Penmanship Books (NYC) in 2010, when she was awarded the Cora Craig Award for Young Authors. Her work has been featured by Button Poetry and Def Poetry Jam, and published in The Academy of American Poets, Electric Literature, Harness Magazine, The McNeese Review and The Ohio State University Press.

Barbara has been writing and performing for 14 years. She is a 2008 Rustbelt Champion, two-time Rustbelt Indy Finalist and a seven-time Grand Slam Champion. She placed eighth out of 96 poets in the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and represented Columbus, Ohio, in nine National Poetry Slam competitions.

She is also a TEDx speaker, a Columbus Makes Art Campaign artist, and was named a 2017 Columbus Alive People to Watch.

The founder of Bloom Barb Fant, LLC., Barbara is a nonprofit consultant and teaching artist in correctional institutions and schools. Currently, she is the director of training and replication for the Arts for Healing and Justice Network in Los Angeles, an artist-in-residence at Harmony Project, a teaching artist at Transit Arts, co-curator of the reading series Paging Columbus, and founder of the Black Women Rise Poetry Collective.

Barbara believes in the transformative power of art and considers poetry her ministry. In 2020, she served on the faculty of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.

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