Notebook and Pen

Barbra Nightingale

Poet, Painter, Associate Editor (South Florida Poetry Review), and Jewelry Designer!

Hello and welcome to my website. I’m a published poet with eight books of poetry published by small presses.  The latest one, Alphalexia, came out in 2017 with Finishing Line Press.  I'm into many different things, as you will see, and have many talents.  I'm available for readings, workshops, and Jewelry design parties!
Take a look through my site and let me know what you think!


Announcing the publication of my newest book! From Kelsay Press

June 20, 2021


Story of Barbra Nightingale

A Life in Words

Barbra Nightingale has always been passionate about writing and storytelling. They describe themself as a curious Writer who loves exploring different themes and motifs. As part of their writing process, they love immersing themselves in their projects—diving headfirst into the research, production, and fine-tuning of the stories they feel are the most worthy of telling.

Misty Slope


Here's what others are saying about Spells...

Barbra Nightingale's poetry, like her name, sings with life; a true bard who records emotional history though verse-song. Her poems resound with the truths and plenitudes of the human condition.

Richard Blanco, author of How to Love a Country

Barbra Nightingale is full of vulnerability, smarts, and sometimes hilarity in Spells & Other Ways of Flying.  She brings her witchy poetry powers to these verses of both difficult and wonderful loves. Her fortuitous last name, perfect for a poet of flight, guides us through a delightful series about birds ending with a ghazal, “A Watch of Nightingales.” Barbra is a poet with a wild imagination and a wild heart and, quite possibly, wings!

Denise Duhamel, author of Second Story

Spells & Other Ways of Flying is a collection of wry and wise poems, as far-flung as they are probing. These poems trace "our various angers;" they honor "the endless rain/ that falls inside [our] heart[s]." By the time our speaker confides in us, "Nothing I ever did was safe, / nothing was ever in vain," we don't just believe her--we applaud.

Julie Marie Wade, author of Skirted