Barbara Kathleen Nickel (born June 22, 1966 Saskatoon, Sasketchewan) is a Canadian poet.

She was raised in Rosthern, Saskatchewan. She graduated from Goshen College, and University of British Columbia with an M.F.A. She was the poetry editor of Prism International.

She moved to St.John's, Newfoundland, then back to British Columbia. She was on a panel at the 2005 Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference.

Nickel has won awards for her poems, including the Malahat Review's Long Poem Contest and the Pat Lowther Memorial Award.