Barbara Sorensen is a freelance writer for the Tribal College Journal and other website/SEO companies. For 15 years, Barbara was senior editor for Winds of Change magazine which focuses on educational and career opportunities for Native Americans in STEM areas. In 2009, she received a Sequoyah Fellowship from the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) for her journalistic work in promoting Native representation in the STEM fields. She was on the advisory board for the College Horizons program (CH) and for 10 years she tutored Native students in college application essay writing at CH sponsoring universities Duke, Stanford, Westmont, St. John’s-Santa Fe, and Washington University.
Her poems have appeared in Many Mountains Moving, Copper Nickel, RUNES, The Mountain Gazette, and Wazee: new independent writing. Barbara’s poem “Song From the Deep Middle Brain” was a finalist in the 2009 Joy Harjo Poetry Competition and the finalist poem will appear in Cutthroat 8, the 5th anniversary print edition. Her chapbook, Song from the Deep Middle Brain, appeared from Main Street Rag press in 2010.
She has a BA in English from the University of Iowa and a secondary teaching endorsement from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Barbara is a member of the Denver Women’s Press Club and has read on “The Poetry Show” hosted by Dona Stein on KFRC 88.9. She is currently working on a memoir. You can follow her blog on http://pinewoodasylum.blogspot.com/