Judith is the author of four poetry collections, two poetry chapbooks, a prizewinning memoir, and a text on writing literary memoir. The poetry books are: The Conversation, Horses and the Human Soul, History and Geography, and Trying to be an Honest Woman. The chapbooks are: Lost Lands (winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Award) and Postcard from the Bottom of the Sea. She has recorded a CD of selected poems titled Harvest. Prose books are: Lifesaving: A Memoir (winner of the Lambda Book Award and finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir), and Writing the Memoir: From Truth to Art, now in its 12th printing.
Her work has been included in many anthologies, including The Long Journey: Pacific Northwest Poets, The Stories That Shape Us: Twenty Women Write About the West, A Formal Feeling Comes, From Here We Speak: An Anthology of Oregon Poetry, The House on Via Gombito, and Hers 3. Her poems and memoirs have been published in many literary journals, including Creative Nonfiction, Narrative Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Americas Review, Kenyon Review, ZYZZVA, The American Voice, Poetry London, 13th Moon, The GSU Review, Sonora Review, Left Bank, and The Chattahoochee Review.
In 2013 she was awarded the Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize and was a guest reader at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival in Ireland.
Her other awards include the Andrés Berger Award
for Creative Nonfiction, the Dulwich Festival International Poetry
Contest, and, with her partner Ruth Gundle, the Stewart H. Holbrook Award for outstanding contributions
to Oregon's literary life. She is the co-founder of The Flight
of the Mind Writing Workshops, which for seventeen years provided
two week-long sessions on the McKenzie River, Oregon, bringing
together outstanding teachers and participants from all over
the U.S. She is one of the founders of Soapstone.
Other collaborations include writing the librettos for Mother of Us All (released on CD from Omni Records) and Dreamers: A Winter Solstice Extravaganza, both with music by David York. Several of Barrington's poems have been set to music by composers including Salvador Brotons, Margaret Moore, and Christopher Michael Wicks.
Judith was, for several years, on the faculty of the low residency MFA program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Much sought after as a writing teacher, over the past thirty years she has taught creative writing at various universities and at many summer writing workshops including the Port Townsend Writers' Conference, Haystack, Split Rock, Fishtrap, the Ashland Writing Conference, the Hassayampa Writers' Conference, Writers @ Work, and Flight of the Mind.
In Europe, she has taught and given readings at The Poetry School, the Barbican Centre, The South Bank, The Arvon Foundation, IndianKing Arts Centre, Almàssera Vella, and the Poetry Cafe, as well as various arts festivals and universities.