Barbara Luck has written poetry throughout her life and was previously active in the books arts, making paper and printing letterpress books, broadsides, and cards, as Whirling Dervish Press. She apprenticed with artist Claire Van Vliet, who runs the Janus Press in rural Vermont. Night Street, a collection of Luck’s poems, is a limited edition book designed by Van Vliet to architecturally evoke both the menace and the vitality of a city. Night Street has been collected by 46 university and special collection libraries, including The Library of Congress, The Getty Research Libraries, and collections at Harvard, Yale, Smith, and Brown.
Luck teaches English as a Second Language at the Vallejo Adult School and does freelance writing and editing. She’s taught English at SF State and Solano College, been an advertising copywriter, worked in graphic arts and commercial book production, and written a nutrition curriculum. Her first job out of college was acting in a touring children’s theatre, for which she learned to juggle. She lives in Vallejo with her husband and daughter. Due to lack of practice, she is likely to drop balls if called upon to juggle.