Barbara Curry Mulcahy was born in Trinidad to American parents. She grew up in India, Greece, the US, and Israel. At the age of 18. she came to Canada.
Barbara attended the University of Victoria and then UBC, where she graduated with a BFA in Creative Writing. Inspired by the back-to-the-land movement, Barbara, her husband Mike, and their infant son moved on to 160 acres in northern Alberta. Two more children were born and Barbara and Mike did various jobs, sometimes sharing positions, to support the family. Barbara was a school bus driver, librarian, rural mail carrier, health promotion facilitator, teacher’s aide, and ESL and Literacy instructor. In 2012, with their children grown and gone, Barbara and Mike moved to Slocan, BC.
Barbara Curry Mulcahy writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama.
Barbara’s book of poetry The Man with Dancing Monkey (Wolsak & Wynn, Toronto, 1997) was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Her poems have appeared in the anthologies The Dominion of Love: an anthology of Canadian love poetry, Body Language: a head-to-toe anthology, and 200% Cracked Wheat. Her poems have been published in literary magazines and online. They have also been broadcast on the CBC.
Barbara’s short stories have been published in the anthologies The Road Home and Boundless Alberta and in literary magazines.
Her radio play Bird on a Branch was one of 3 winners of the CBC 5th Annual Alberta Write for Radio Competition. It was broadcast on CBC Radio.
Barbara writes for The Valley Voice. In the past she wrote a column on senior health for Our Health. Her book reviews have been published in the Edmonton Journal and AlbertaViews