Barbara Neri is a published and produced writer, scholar and multidisciplinary artist. Her creative and critical writing can be found in 'The Drama Review', 'Performance Research' and 'Victorian Poetry' among others. Internationally recognized for 'The Elizabeth Barrett Browning Project' and her groundbreaking research on Barrett-Browning’s love sonnets, 'Sonnets from the Portuguese', Neri is Associate Editor of "The Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning'. She is a published and produced playwright and author of 'The Consolation of Poetry' and 'Unlocking Desire'. Her screen adaptation of 'Unlocking Desire' was named a quarterfinalist in LA's CineStory 2017 Screenwriting Fellowship Competition. 'Unlocking Desire' won the Marfa Film Festival 2017 screenwriting competition and was read during the festival at the Crowley Theater.
Barbara Neri's screenplay "Sonnets from the Portuguese" vividly re-envisions the famous poets’ love story for contemporary audiences. 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' was a semifinalist in LA's CineStory 2016 Screenwriting Fellowship Competition. Neri calls it 'the most powerfully romantic love story of all time'. Neri's retelling of the romance is based on her extensive, professional research and will bring the story into new light and contemporary relevance for todays audiences. Neri is also writing a book on Elizabeth's enduringly popular 44 love sonnets, 'Sonnets from the Portuguese' written during Elizabeth’s courtship with poet Robert Browning.She holds an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and a BS in Visual Art from Herron School of Art and Butler University.
Name: Barbara Neri
Lives in: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Occupation: Author, Playwright and Screenwriter
Unique traits: Multidisciplinary. Choreographer. Dancer. Visual Arts.