Mary Barnard was born in Vancouver, Washington and earned her BA from Reed College. Her books include A Few Poems (1952), The Mythmakers (1966), Three Fables (1975) and Nantucket Genesis: The Tale of My Tribe (1988). She was awarded Poetry magazine’s Levinson Award in 1935, the Elliston award for her book Collected Poems (1979), the Western States Book Award in 1986 for her book Time and the White Tigress (1986), and the Woman of Achievement award from Clark College in 1988. Barnard died in 2001.