The author of ten highly praised books, Ms. Gallagher's most recent work is Soul Barnacles:Ten More Years With Ray (U. of Michigan Press, 2000), a collection of essays, journal entries, letters, and interviews from the ten years after the death of her husband, Raymond Carver, an internationally acclaimed master of the short story. Also included are her introductions to several of his books. Ms. Gallagher's collections of poems, short stories and essays have established her as one of America's most gifted and versatile writers. She has published seven collections of poetry, including Portable Kisses (1996, Bloodaxe), love poems, and My Black Horse: New and Selected Poems (1995, Bloodaxe), which includes poems from five of her previously published collections. Moon Crossing Bridge (1992), poems in memory of Raymond Carver, were praised by psychologist Robert Coles as "a gift of a poet's heart and soul to her readers." Her short story collection, At the Owl Woman Saloon (Simon & Schuster, 1999) has been described as "straightforward, powerful but always subtle." In these stories, Ms. Gallagher, a Washington state native, reflects on the changing Northwest and those who find the transition to a new way of life difficult. An earlier collection of stories, The Lover of Horses, is listed in 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide. Her collection of essays, A Concert of Tenses (U. of Michigan Press, 1986), explores the art and craft of writing poetry.