Born in Italy as the daughter of two French teachers, Barbara was introduced to French culture at an early age. After a BA in foreign literatures and art in Italy she obtained an MA and PhD at the University of Lyon (France) where she wrote a thesis on American poetry and art. Today Barbara is interested in both art and literature and specializes in the connections between the two, through the tradition of artists’ books.   When she is not working as a Paris Muse docent, Barbara teaches literature and art at Paris College of Art where she is also Head of the Liberal Studies Department. Additionally she works as an independent author for magazines and exhibition catalogues in both France and Italy and is the author of two books of short stories in Italian.