From 1960 to 1990, Charlotte belonged to a religious order in Nashville, the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia, where she was known in religion as Sister Mary Anthony, OP. Charlotte was a teacher for over forty years, most notably at St. Cecilia Academy and Aquinas College on Nashville’s Dominican Campus at Overbrook. After leaving St. Cecilia, Charlotte taught for two years and was poet-in-residence at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. From 1992 to 2007, when she retired from teaching, Charlotte taught English, Creative Writing, and Western Religions at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, where she held the position of poet-in-residence.
During her novitiate year, Charlotte began seriously to write poetry. Her early convent poems appeared in the collection, Brief Blue Season in 1966. Over the years, Charlotte’s work has been published in several periodicals and journals, including The Sewanee Review, The Cumberland Review, The Distillery, and The Spire, a publication of the Vanderbilt Divinity School. Poems by Ms. Barr were recently anthologized in St. Peter’s B-List: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2014) and Adanna: Women and Spirituality (Adanna Literary Journal, Fall 2015). Two volumes of poetry, Sister Woman (1989), and The Bell Buckle Years (1992), were published by Tennessee’s poet laureate, Maggi Vaughn, at Iris Press and Bell Buckle Press, respectively. Ms. Barr’s most recent collections of poetry, The Text Beneath (2010) and Looking Up (2015), bear the imprint of Parson’s Porch Books.
My Youth Like Petals: A Convent Memoir
Poet Charlotte Barr’s latest book, My Youth Like Petals: A Convent Memoir, is a book full of attentiveness, which is the natural prayer of the soul.Readers will encounter not only what it is like to live the convent life, but they will also encounter themselves as much as they encounter the author, who from the very first sentence is in the world through more than compassionate involvement with it.We come to know, understand, and become better attuned to ourselves.
$18.95 ISBN 978-1-887730-49-5 paper, 134 pp, with black and white photos PayPal.Me/EricKillinger
The Intermundia Press is proud to announce the release of a new book by poet Charlotte Barr, Hungry Moon: Portraits of Appalachian Women. Based on interviews conducted during a sabbatical in 1985–1986, this volume is an incredible document of and testament to the women of Appalachia. With a foreword by Marie Cirillo, this book, which is a collaborative effort featuring the music and lyrics of David Farrington Barr, the photography of Warren Brunner, and the words of Charlotte Barr raises our consciousness and consciences. It is a real treasure within the scope of Americana and a much-needed addition to our ongoing understanding of contemporary American history—a revelation of a mostly unknown, unheard history.
Hearing these women’s voices as they sound off the page is one thing. Seeing them in Warren Brunner’s photographs is icing on the cake. Add to this the haunting music and lyrics of David Farrington Barr’s song, “Hungry Moon,” and we experience the sense of struggle and hope in the images and powerful and empowering voices of the mountain women within these pages.
Through this book, we are blessed for having been provided with a language that is both a prelude and call to action and itself is a kind of action. This is indeed a meaningful achievement.
Charlotte Barr is the author of a number of books of poetry, including Sister Woman, The Bell Buckle Years, The Text Beneath, and Looking Up. Her most recent publication is My Youth Like Petals: A Convent Memoir, published by the Intermundia Press.
$18.95 ISBN 978-1-887730-50-1 paper, 218 pp. with black and white photos. Included CD*
*Please note that if you order this book from a channel other than the Intermundia Press or directly from the author, you will have to order the Photo/Music CD directly from the Intermundia Press using the order code within the book. Cost is $3.95 for shipping and handling charges.