Christian Barter has won the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Barter book earns poetry award



ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Christian Barter of Bar Harbor has been awarded the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award for his new collection, “Bye-Bye Land.”

A former Hodder Fellow in poetry at Princeton University, Barter is currently serving as the first-ever poet laureate of Acadia National Park in honor of the centennial year of both Acadia and the National Park Service.

His book will be published by BOA Editions in spring 2017, within the American Poets Continuum Series. This award is given biennially to a poet with a new book of exceptional merit.

Poet, actress and associate editor of “Poetry” magazine, Isabella Gardner (1915-1981) published five celebrated collections of poetry and was the first recipient of the New York State Walt Whitman Citation of Merit for Poetry. She championed the work of young and gifted poets, helping many of them find publication. This award carries an honorarium of $1,000 and is sponsored by the Gardner Charitable Trust.

Barter is the author of two previous books of poetry: “In Someone Else’s House” (winner of the 2014 Maine Literary Award) and “The Singers I Prefer” (a Lenore Marshall Prize finalist). His poetry has appeared in “Ploughshares,” “The Literary Review,” “Georgia Review” and “The American Scholar” and has been featured on “The Writer’s Almanac” and “PBS Newshour.”

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