Brian Barker

Brian Barker
Associate Professor

Mailing Address:
Department of English
Campus Box 175 
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Office Location:
1059 Ninth Street Park, Office 201
Denver, CO 80204

2:00-3:00, and by appointment

About Dr. Brian Barker:

Brian Barker is the author of three books of poetry, Vanishing Acts, The Black Ocean, and The Animal Gospels. His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, Indiana Review, The Cincinnati Review, Blackbird, and Pleiades. He teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is a poetry editor of Copper Nickel. Learn more at


Vanishing Acts (poems). Southern Illinois University Press, 2019.

The Black Ocean (poems). Southern Illinois University Press, 2011.

The Animal Gospels (poems). Tupelo Press, 2006.

Expertise Areas:
Creative Writing, Poetics, Contemporary American Poetry, and Poetry in Translation

Courses Taught:

  • ENGL 2154: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 3020: Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 4025: Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • ENGL 4166/5166: History of American Poetry
  • ENGL 4820: Senior Poetry Workshop