Amy Quan Barry

Title
Professor
Office
6195D Helen C. White Hall
Phone
(608) 263-2054
E-mail
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Interests
Creative Writing (poetry and fiction), the Lyric (contemporary and classical)

 Amy Quan Barry is the author of the poetry collections Asylum, Controvertibles, and Water Puppets. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other literary publications. She is the recipient of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize (for Asylum) and has received fellowships from Stanford University, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Wisconsin Arts Board, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Recent Books

  • Water Puppets

    Amy Quan Barry

    University of Pittsburgh Press

    2011

    Winner of the 2010 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry

    In her third poetry collection, Quan Barry explores the universal image of war as evidenced in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Vietnam, the country of her birth.

  • Controvertibles

    Amy Quan Barry

    University of Pittsburgh Press

    2004

    Controvertibles features more of the refined brilliance and delicate lyricism of Amy Quan Barry, cast in a more meditative mode. Throughout, she examines cultural objects by lifting them out of their usual settings and repositioning them in front of new, disparate backdrops.

  • Asylum

    Amy Quan Barry

    University of Pittsburgh Press

    2001

    Quan Barry’s stunning debut collection has been compared to Sylvia Plath’s Ariel for the startling complexity of craft and the original sophisticated vision behind it. In these poems beauty is just as likely to be discovered on a radioactive atoll as in the existential questions raised by The Matrix. Asylum is a work concerned with giving voice to the displaced—both real and fictional.