In 1971, Barbara Jane Reyes was born in Manila, Philippines, and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her undergraduate education at the University of California Berkeley and her MFA in Creative Writing (poetry) at San Francisco State University.
Reyes's most recent collection of poetry is Diwata (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010). Her first book, Gravities of Center, was published by Arkipelago Books (San Francisco) in 2003, and her second book, poeta en san francisco (Tinfish Press, Kaneohe, Hawai’i) received the 2005 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.
She has taught at Mills College and the University of San Francisco. She lives with her husband, poet Oscar Bermeo, in Oakland, where she is co-editor of Doveglion Press.