Associate Professor
Mailing Address:
Department of English
Campus Box 175 
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364
Physical Location:
1059 Ninth Street Park, Office 201
Denver, CO 80204
12:45-1:45, and by appointment


About Dr. Brian Barker:

Brian Barker is the author of The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006), winner of the Tupelo Press Editor's Prize, and The Black Ocean (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the Crab Orchard Open Competition. His poems, reviews, and interviews have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Poetry, Kenyon Review Online, Ploughshares, Agni, Quarterly West, TriQuarterly, The Writer's Chronicle, The Washington Post, Blackbird, Pleides, and storySouth. In 2009, he was the co-winner of the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Colorado Denver where he co-edits the literary journal Copper Nickel.


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