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my upcoming children’s poetry book….

Photos of Barbie Angell by Rodney Smith - Tempus Fugit Design © 2013

You may or may not have heard yet, but I have a book due out this spring.  Grateful Steps Publishing in Asheville, NC contacted me a few months ago about my poetry.  Since then we’ve been working diligently on producing my first book of children’s poetry & illustrations.

"poet barbie."

The book is still untitled, so I’m currently calling it “The White Album” in reference to The Beatles’ LP.  There are some revamped older pieces included and many new ones.  There are also quite a few new illustrations.  As I don’t really consider myself much of an artist, that has been the most difficult aspect of this collection.  I’ve been pleasantly surprised to discover that my artwork has been well-received so far by those who have seen it.

Please feel free to comment on the Issuu site.  So many of you have expressed an interest in my book and I would like to involve my online community as much as possible with many aspects of this book.

Thank you for your interest and, as always….thanks for playing. : )


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  1. Not much of an artist–I beg to differ! But yes, the book is great & being able to interact with it on issu is fun & interesting–that for the comment of other folks who check out the post. As you know, Barbie, you have all my best wishes & support : )

    1. thanks. : ) i think i always compare myself to my brother, sister & brother-in-law, they’re all so brilliant at drawing. i’ve only been doing it for about 7 years, but not steadily. i appreciate your unending support….it’s like a bottomless well that is never out of order.

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Barbie Angell

Release Date

March 5, 2024


“Barbie Angell Uncensored” is a dazzling fusion
of poetry, comedy and tragedy

ASHEVILLE NC – Poet, playwright and raconteur Barbie Angell performs “Barbie Angell Uncensored: An Unfiltered, Uninhibited and Unapologetic Event” at 8pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at LaZoom Bar & Gorilla. The 90-minute show is a melange of works spanning Angell’s career, including her poetry, excerpts from her autobiographical play “Death by Sparkle,” pieces from her children’s book “Roasting Questions,” and rarely performed mature works.

A multitalented, multi-hyphenate personality based in Asheville since 1999, the always colorful Angell is recognized around town for her work as a poet, playwright, columnist, emcee, artist and fashion designer. She has been voted “Best of WNC” poet by Mountain XPress readers for 10 consecutive years, and her skills as an emcee have made her a sought-after host for local festivals and large events such as Planned Parenthood’s Condom Couture and the Reproductive Rights Rally. 

Angell has written sketch comedy, co-authored “The Kids Show: Definitely Not for Kids,” and penned one act of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” for Montford Park Player. She is currently creating and selling upcycled clothing in her own fun and funky signature style – some of which will be available for sale at the event, along with original artwork and prints.

Equal parts stand-up comedy, poetry slam and public confession booth, “Barbie Angell Uncensored” promises to be emotional, unsettling, hilarious, and as unique as Barbie Angell herself!

Tickets are available at for a suggested donation of $20.