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Barbara Spring taught writing for many years in public schools and at Grand Valley State University. As a journalist, she covered stories about the environment and wrote profiles of interesting people. She worked on grassroots committees for the betterment of the environment and continues to participate in environmental programs.

Background Information book of poetry, The Wilderness Within is about the inner and outer worlds: people, places, sounds, dreams. Poetry comes from a mysterious place. I can't explain it, yet these poems stream through me.

I wrote my non fiction book, The Dynamic Great Lakes to share some of the important information I have learned over the years, even before the first Earth Day. The book has a search inside feature on with key words, reading levels etc. Above all, it is a book that encourages people to take care of the planet. It's the only one we have.

Now Available Sophia's Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below

Here is what a reviewer has to say about my newest book:

"Soon Venus blazes in an indigo sky
and leaves her silver footsteps
in the still lake below.
I'm pierced
Through with beauty."

These phrases, selected at random, catch the author's deep responses to
the myriad worlds within the world. She looks down and sensitively
describes the treasures beneath her feet, but is ready to look up as
well, toward the mysteries hidden among the stars-poems of above and
below. These are dedicated to the ever-new yet ancient wisdom of
Sophia-the very embodiment of wisdom-whom the poet herself subtly
embodies, as her descriptions in her writings reveal, reaching out as
they do into the varied aspects of existence.

Walter Spink


My two great loves are nature and poetry. Nature feeds me and my poetry flows from it.

Here is a haiku from Sophia's Lost and Found:




Crystals grab the sand

overnight below the stars

shelf ice rims the shore.

Birth Place
New York City, NY U.S.A

Now in its fourth edition, The Dynamic Great Lakes has been updated with new information for 2010.

The Dynamic Great Lakes a critically acclaimed non fiction book has been updated and re released under the Independence Books imprint. order from the publisher: 1-301-695-1707

Barbara Spring's poetry is found in several little magazines: Sky, Art/Life, the Grand Valley Review and others.

She maintains a website at The Dynamic Great Lakes Blog that is used by schools and the general public in the U.S. Canada and the United Kingdom.

Sophia's Lost and Found is a website dedicated to poetry at

The Wilderness Within is a collection of poems and a few travel essays from around the world.

Many awards for poetry.

Additional Information

The best place ot order The Dynamic Great Lakes is from or and many independent bookstores such as SchulerBooks and Music, The Bookman and Hostetters in Grand Haven, MI and carry my books. Follow me on Twitter. My nickname is greatlakeswoman.

Favorite Links

The Dynamic Great Lakes Blog
This is a popular website used in schools, libraries, and by people who would like more information about the Great Lakes and the kinds of fish they might find. Available online at (look for the search inside feature) As well as The Bookman in Grand Haven, Barnes & Noble, Schulers Books and Music in Grand Rapids,and Okemos MI. May be ordered at other stores. Barbara Spring’s website has more information about the book and the Great Lakes. Just type The Dynamic Great Lakes into a search engine or go to I add information nearly every day.

Sophia's Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below
Sophia's Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below is about journeys in this world and unseen worlds. The Wilderness Within is a book of poetry from around the world. Find reviews, new poems and a guest book.

Water Podcast
Two less than 20 minute podcasts: The Upper Great Lakes and The Lower Great Lakes. I talk about the Great Lakes and read from my book The Dynamic Great Lakes. Also I read poetry inspired by water from my two poetry books: The Wilderness Within and Sophia's Lost and Found: Poems of Above and Below.

Books by Barbara Spring
All of my books and their reviews are on this website.

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