Aliki Barnstone is poet laureate of Missouri. Her books include poetry, translation, literary criticism, and anthologies. Her visual art has appeared in journals and on book covers and interiors.

Her first book of poems, The Real Tin Flower, introduced by Anne Sexton, was published when she was 12 years old. Her mission as poet laureate is to celebrate and promote diversity in Missouri and, since she was child poet herself, to bring poetry to kids, K-12.

Aliki is available for readings, workshops, residencies, talks, school visits, and to do artwork for books.
Photo by John Farmer de la Torre


Poet Laureate of Missouri, 2016-the present

Anderson Center at Tower View, Red Wing, MN. Residency. September 1-15, 2013

Senior Fulbright Scholar, affiliated with the University of Athens,
Fall 2006

Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, Silver Pen Award, 2004

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature (Individual) Fellowship—Poetry, 1998