Barbara DeCesare

Barbara DeCesare is a writer whose work has been widely published, most recently in The Alaska Quarterly Review, Evansville Review,  Marlboro Review and Canada’s Grain Magazine, which awarded her the Best Postcard Fiction prize.  Her book of poems, Jigsaweyesore (Anti-Man Press, 1999), has been called “dangerous poetry” by The Baltimore Sun and is presently being adapted for stage.  She is an at-large board member of the Baltimore Writers’ Alliance, the book review editor for Wordhouse and the originator of The Poetry Olympics, which she hopes will become a cutthroat international competition.


"Listening to Barbara DeCesare read her poems is quite a treat, but being able to finally read them in her first book has proven to be even more delightful. jigsaweyesore, recently published by Anti-Man Press, proves what I have known for years: Ms. DeCesare is an excellent poet. Her work stands up to the literary litmus test for poets who excel in performance: it does not sag when examined on the page. Instead, it becomes stronger." - Virginia Crawford
"Barbara DeCesare's jigsaweyesore shows what thunder looks like in writing... This is dangerous poetry.  Wear a cup." - Matthew M. McDermott, Baltimore Sun
"Barbara DeCesare is one of the most exciting and original poetic spirits in the Mid-Atlantic region.  I'd follow her voice anywhere." - Richard Peabody, Editor, Gargoyle Magazine
Barbara makes her first appearance (August 2004) in the prestigious poetry magazine "Poetry" with her poem "O, Anna."  Click here to read the poem.