A professor, editor and poet-in-the-schools, she has taught Literature & Writing at MIT and Boston University, where she won the Sproat Award for Excellence in Teaching English. She has also served as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Tufts University, College of the Holy Cross, and additional university and college programs.
In 2010, Barbara was awarded a Brother Thomas Fellowship from The Boston Foundation. Since 1978 she has held visiting poet residences at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Fuller Art Museum in Brockton, Mass. She was also a Co-Founder and Director of The Writers’ Room of Boston from 1988 to 1996.