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essayist , novelist , poet

Barbara Kingsolver is an American poet, novelist and essayist.Her books have been translated into more than two dozen languages, and have been adopted into the core literature curriculum in high schools and colleges throughout the nation.


She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the former Republic of Congo in her early childhood. Her parents worked in a public health capacity, and the family lived without electricity or running water.

Barbara believes her best work is accomplished through writing, raising her children, and being an active citizen of her own community.


Barbara Kingslover graduated from DePauw University (B.S., 1977) and University of Arizona (M.S., 1981). She studied biology and ecology.


Kingsolver earned degrees in biology at DePauw University and the University of Arizona and worked as a freelance writer before she began writing novels. In 2000, Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize to support "literature of social change". She has contributed to more than fifty literary anthologies, and her reviews and articles have appeared in most major U.S. newspapers and magazines.

List of works:

The Bean Trees, 1988, 1st UK edition 1989,1992, Holding the Line: Women in the Great Arizona Mine Strike of 1983, 1989, Homeland and Other Stories, 1989, Animal Dreams, 1990, Another America, 1992, Pigs in Heaven, 1993,High Tide in Tucson, 1995, The Poisonwood Bible, 1998, Prodigal Summer, 2000, Small Wonder: Essays, 2002, Last Stand: America's Virgin Lands, 2002 (with photographer Annie Griffiths Belt), Animal, Vegetable, Miracle 2007, (with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver), The Lacuna, 2009


  • National Writers Union (Andrea Egan award 1998)

  • Phi Beta Kappa