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Barbara Lydecker Crane has been creatively amusing herself all her life. Growing up in Short Hills, N.J., she was equally drawn to writing and art making. Pursuing the latter, she majored in it at Skidmore College, worked as a graphic designer, and then for twenty years as a professional fabric artist, creating one-of-a-kind landscape quilts. Many of her quilts are now in corporate, museum and private collections.

In 2005 Barb’s fascination with wordcraft was rekindled by an evening poetry class. She now delights in writing poems in both humorous and serious veins, usually for adults and sometimes for children.

Barb founded “The Light Brigade,” a small troupe of light verse poets that has appeared at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and other venues since 2007. At the Concord Poetry Center she facilitates guest readings and open mikes. She is a also a member of the Powow River Poets in Newburyport, MA and a small work-shop group, Quartette.

Barb’s poems have been widely published in journals, magazines and anthologies. In 2011 she won the Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest. In 2012 White Violet Press published her collection of humorous verse, Zero Gravitas. She lives in Somerville, MA with her husband; they have two grown daughters and two young granddaughters, who already love books.

Paperback: 36 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books/Daffydowndilly Press (July 5, 2013)