Born in Detroit in 1948, Barbara Henning moved to New York City in 1983. In 2005 Barbara took an early retirement from Long Island University and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico briefly and then to Tucson, Arizona where she taught for the University of Arizona, and for the Poetry Center, serving on the board of the literary group POG and Chax Press. In 2010 she returned New York where she presently lives. She’s a board member of the Belladonna Collaborative and the author of three novels and nine collections of poetry.
Her most recent books are a book of poetry, A Day Like Today (Negative Capability Press 2015); two collections of poetry and prose, A Swift Passage (Quale Press, 2013) and Cities & Memory (Chax Press, 2010); a novel, Thirty Miles from Rosebud (BlazeVox, 2009); a collection of object-sonnets, My Autobiography (United Artists, 2007). She is also the author/editor of a book of interviews, Looking Up Harryette Mullen (Belladonna, 2011), and The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins (Blazevox, 2012).
For a number of years she published limited editions of a series of 16 photo-poem pamphlets, distributed to a list of poets. She is a long-time yoga practitioner, having lived and studied in Mysore, India with Shankaranarayana Jois, and she brings this knowledge and discipline to her writing and her teaching at Naropa University (2006-14), writers.com and Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita.