Sebastian Barker was born in Gloucestershire in 1945. He has worked as a Writer-in-Residence, judged poetry and writing competitions, founded and directed literature festivals, and served as an executive for English P.E.N. He is a founder director of the English College Foundation in Prague.
He is the author of sixteen books, twelve of them poetry, including Guarding the Border: Selected Poems (Enitharmon, 1992), The Dream of Intelligence (Littlewood Arc, 1992; his long poem about Nietzsche, a Book of the Year in The Spectator and The Independent), Damnatio Memoriae: Erased from Memory (Enitharmon, 2004), The Matter of Europe (Menard, 2005), and The Erotics of God (Smokestack, 2005; a Book of the Year in The Tablet). The Poetry Archive, affiliated to the British Library, published his CD recording, Sebastian Barker reading from his poems, in 2006.
Sebastian Barker lives in Stamford Hill in north east London. He is married to the poet Hilary Davies.