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writer • editor • poet • photographer • maker

Barbara Jean Walsh

A writer, editor, and designer living in Springfield, Massachusetts, I am honing my skills in tech as a website developer at the same time that I increasingly turn to the very low-tech world of handcrafting one-of-a-kind books using both recycled supplies and high-end materials, as well as my own photography for unique cover art. While living in Western Mass, I have become an active member of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club as a novice rower, and I am enjoying becoming part of the area’s community of writers, poets, and makers.

“You do not have to sit outside in the dark.
If, however, you want to look at the stars,
you will find that darkness is necessary.
But the stars neither require nor demand it.”

Annie Dillard,
Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters

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handcrafted books.



Photo credit: Barbara Jean Walsh


+1 561-922-7220 or +1 413-455-0033
Skype • bjwalsh
Twitter • @mabwidderhins
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Photo credit: Barbara Jean Walsh

Within my career, I am most proud of my contribution to the landmark textbook on high-speed powerboats, Performance by Design. I also worked with Skagit Valley College to develop an online directory of Washington State’s many opportunities for young people seeking career paths in the marine trades. 

In addition, I’ve been the co-host of “It’s My Boat” Radio, and spent many years in the marine industry working primarily for WoodenBoat Publications and IBEX (the International BoatBuilders Exhibition & Conference). Prior to that, I was a library director, an English instructor, and a newspaper reporter. I hold a B.A. from the University of Maine and an M.A. from the University of Denver.


Photo credit: Barbara Jean Walsh

My Skills

What I am best at

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Hand Crafting Books 0

Making Pies 0

A Sampling from "My Face, My Shape, My Self"

Postcard Poetry 2016

Ellis Island Time Machine

Ellis Island Time Machine We agree to pay the crazy fee for a fake immigrant snapshot. Sue and I, we know how to be tourists, even traveling through space and time, thinking maybe this really could be a portal into history or at least imagination. Maybe I’ll ...
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Fourth Clarinet

FOURTH CLARINET In Junior High Band, near-sighted and gangly, I played fourth clarinet, pretty much all one note. I didn’t know where to put my feet or my gaze, didn’t know nuthin’ except life had to get ...
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Post Secrets

POST SECRETS I don’t remember my mom ever skating but I remember her complaining about having once had ugly dark brown skates. Ah, the perils of being the youngest child — hand-me-down skates, designed for hockey, not ...
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Second oldest among our batch of local cousins, Debbie was the one we did adore and watch to learn those girlie things like how to hold kittens (not), polish our nails, walk like a lady, and learn to keep ...
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Magic Kitchen

MAGIC KITCHEN Seriously, I do not know what went on in that kitchen when I was not at home, so tulips may well have flourished there, springing fully bloomed from cups of Red Rose Tea, Sanka, Swiss ...
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Forever Young

FOREVER YOUNG She was one of those friends you know will be there forever. And so she is in dreams, in songs, in memories. She was one of those friends you know will be there forever. Whenever ...
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Get in Touch

I would love to find out about your next writing or editing project, including self-publishing, or chat with you what I am doing now with my handcrafted books. I’m also interested in helping people develop their websites, especially when they want to learn how to manage them on their own. What’s going on in your world, and how can I help?



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