The Origin of the Milky Way

Barbara Louise Ungar

Winner of the Gival Press Poetry Award - 2006.
The Adirondack Literary Award for the Best Book of Poetry - 2007

Poetry collection.

"Barbara Louise Ungar's The Origin of the Milky Way is a fearless, unflinching collection about birth and motherhood, the transformation of bodies. Ungar's poems are honestly brutal, candidly tender. Their primal immediacy and intense intimacy are realized through her dazzling sense of craft. Ungar delivers a wonderful, sensuous, visceral poetry." -Denise Duhamel, author of Two and Two, winner of the 2007 Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award


Barbara Louise Ungar

Barbara Louise Ungar is the author of Thrift (WordTech Editions, 2005), which was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the Tupelo Prize, among several others, and a chapbook Sequel (Finishing Line Press, 2004), which won honorable mention in chapbook competitions at the Center for Book Arts, ByLine Press, and Finishing Line Press, which published it in 2004 as part of the New Women’s Voices series. Her poems have appeared in Salmagundi, The Minnesota Review, The Cream City Review, The Literary Review, and many other publications. She is also the author of a chapbook, Neoclassical Barbra (Angel Fish Press, 1998) and Haiku In English (Stanford Humanities Honors Essay XXI). She has read her work widely in New York City and upstate New York. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she has traveled around the world, and earned degrees from Stanford University, City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. An associate professor of English at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, she lives in Saratoga Springs with her young son Izaak.