Coleman Barks



Coleman Barks was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught poetry and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty years. He is the author of numerous Rumi translations and has been a student of Sufism since 1977. His work with Rumi was the subject of an hour-long segment in Bill Moyers’ Language of Life series on PBS; and he is a featured poet and translator in Bill Moyers’ poetry special, “Fooling with Words.” A book of his own poetry, Winter Sky: Poems 1968-2008, was published in 2008 by the University of Georgia Press. Coleman Barks is the father of two grown children and the grandfather of four. He lives in Athens, Georgia.

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