Barbara West graduated from Davis High in 1985, then returned to Davis in 1997 to raise her son. She credits Dave Burmester's influence; through DHS's Creative Writing class, Improv!, and Acme Theatre Company; for leading her to publish her first book of poetry and prose: "...and I felt the simple sweetness of me." Barbara works as a Wound/Ostomy/ Continence Nurse, with prior work in Hospice and Home Health. She has been writing poetry since age six, but stopped several years ago when her file cabinet filled up. Thanks to support from the Sacramento and Davis poetry communities, she's thrilled to be writing again. Previously published in Full of Crow, Brevities, Medusa’s Kitchen, Sacramento Voices 2016, Swarthmore College Bulletin, Small Craft Warnings, Common Speaking, Escarp, Ascent Aspirations, and Davis Shambhala Center Newsletter. Thanks to a history in theater and some time singing with a rock and roll band (mostly DHS grads who were members of the band "Lawsuit"), Barbara enjoys reciting from memory. This allows her to use her whole body to present a poem, usually without a mic, since her voice is plenty loud. She also enjoys windsurfing in W. Sac and Rio Vista.