Barbara Buckman Strasko

poet    writer    teacher

“Barbara Buckman Strasko’s Graffiti in Braille celebrates being in this world, always with a keen eye on the smallest details, each magnified through the poet’s precise, lyrical wit. Nature is at the apex of her vision where a quiet certainty reasons with longing. These poems converge with music, visual art, and history. Graffiti in Braille is full of intimate surprises.’’


- Yusef Komunyakaa





Graffiti in Braille, Cincinnati: Word Press, 2012   Available on Amazon



On the Edge of a Delicate Day, Columbus: Pudding House Press, 2007



 “Half-Blue,” Nimrod (2012)

 “I’ve Carried Rain,” Summerset Review (2010)

 “Geometry,” Poets for Living Waters (2010)

 “Becomes Me,” Louisville Review (2010)

 “Days by the River,” Nimrod (2009)

 “Romare Bearden”, Brilliant Corners (2009)

 “How Long is a Minute at the Laundromat,”

          Margie: The American Journal of Poetry (2009)

 “In a Silent Way,” Ninth Letter (2008)

 “From a Song I Might Have Written,” Soundings Review (2008)

 “Bruise,” Tar River Poetry Review (2007)

 “Avenue of Poplars,” Spoon River Poetry Review (2007)

 “Still Life of Forgotten Fruit,” Appalachee Review (2007)

 “A New Day’s Wealth of Stars,” Poet Lore (2007)

 “Solo in the Snow,” Rhino and Best New Poets of 2006 (2006)

 “Ode to the Berrigans,” Catholic New Times (2003)





 “A Night to Remember”

Teaching K-8: The Magazine for Professional Development (2006)


 “A Changing River: Literacy, Healing, and the Power of Poetry”

Language Arts – Ohio State University (under consideration)





New Letters (2012)

Finalist for the New Letters Poetry Prize.


Poetry Paths (2010)

“Bricks and Mortar” poem was selected to be engraved in bronze in Penn Square, Lancaster.


River of Words Teacher of the Year (2009)

River of Words is an International Environmental Poetry & Art Contest for Youth Many students have been winners in the River of Words contest and received their awards at the Library of Congress.


Pushcart Prize Nomination  (2008)

“Tonette” poem nominated by Iris G. Press for the Pushcart Prize.


Book Award Finalist for Graffiti in Braille (2006 - 2009)

Crab Orchard Review, National Federation of State Poetry Societies,  Zone 3


Poet Laureate of Lancaster County (2008- 2010)

Appointed as the first Poet Laureate of Lancaster County by the Lancaster Literary Guild.


Best New Poets of 2006 (2006)

Editor Eric Panky of University of Virginia Press selected me as one of fifty best new poets of 2006, and published “Solo in the Snow” (previously published in Rhino) in the Best New Poets 2006 anthology.





“Barbara Strasko’s gift for precise, sensory detail makes every poem in this first collection both a pleasure and a revelation. I also admire the way what’s not said highlights what is said, as if in sculptural relief. Graffiti in Braille is an achievement that is sophisticated and counter-culture in the way that jazz is; the poems work by nuance and gesture and implication, by silence as well as by word and line. Barbara Strasko sees like an artist, listens like a musician, and writes like no one else.’’


- Natasha Sajé

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