George Barlow is a native Californian. He received his B.A. in English from California State University, in 1970. He is the recipient of a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and is a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, earning an M.F. A. in 1972 and an M.A. in American Studies in 1992. He was a Ford Foundation Advanced Study Fellow in 1972-1973 and has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, DeAnza College in Cupertino and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. Currently, he is an associate professor of English and American Studies at Grinnell College.
Barlow published his first book of poems in 1974, and has continued to publish poetry in magazines and anthologies. His second collection of poems was selected for the National Poetry Series in 1981. In 2000, he and two other Iowa poets were featured readers at the Des Moines National Poetry Festival. He has twice served on the Iowa Poet Laureate nomination committee.