Gene Barry is an Irish Poet, Art Therapist, Counselor, Hypnotherapist and  Psychotherapist. He has been published widely both at home and internationally and his poems have been translated into Arabic, Irish, Hindi, Albanian and Italian. Gene is presently the Contributing Editor, Literary Arts for Therapy Articles for the BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL.

Barry is the founder of the Blackwater International Poetry Festival and administers the world-famous Blackwater Poetry Group on Facebook. He is a publisher and editor with the publishing house Rebel Poetry. He has three collections of poetry published, Stones in their Shoes, Unfinished Business and Working Days.

As an art therapist using the medium of poetry, Gene has worked in libraries, hospitals, primary and secondary schools, with Narcotics Anonymous, Youthreach, retired people’s groups, Alcoholic Anonymous, asylum seekers and with numerous poetry groups. He has also held poetry workshops in libraries and schools.

Gene has read in Australia, The Seychelles, Holland, Kosovo, England, St Lucia, Scotland, France, South Africa and Belgium and NY – Massachusetts – Oklahoma – Arkansas – Rhode Island – Michigan, Miami and Texas. Gene has additionally read as the guest poet at numerous Irish poetry venues and festivals.

In 2015 he was chosen to represent Ireland at the inaugural Rahovec International Poetry Festival in Kosovo. That same year Barry was the guest poet at the St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Austin and Dallas Texas, Enid Oklahoma and Little Rock Arizona.

His chapbook Stones in their Shoes was published in 2008. In 2010, following a number of workshops Gene held for asylum seekers living in Ireland, he edited an anthology of the attendee’s poems called Silent Voices. In 2012 he edited the collection Remembering the present, a collection of poems written by members of active retirement groups from North Cork. He additionally edited the 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of The Blue Max Review and Inclusion as part of the Blackwater International Poetry Festival.

In 2013 his collection Unfinished Business was published by Doghouse Books, a collection that has been critically acclaimed. In 2014 he edited Irish poet Michael Corrigan’s debut collection Deep Fried Unicorn, and the anthology fathers and what must be said. In 2015 Barry edited The Day the Mirror Called and MH Clay’s debut collection sonoffred.

His third collection Working Days was published by Authors Press in 2016 and Gene’s fourth book.


Flaking the Rope was published by Nixes Mate in January 2019

Gene has had a number of short stories published and is presently editing his first novel.