Rusty Barnes grew up in rural northern Appalachia. He received his B.A. from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and his M.F.A. from Emerson College. His fiction, poetry and non-fiction have appeared in over two hundred journals and anthologies. After editing fiction for the Beacon Street Review (now Redivider) and Zoetrope All-Story Extra, he co-founded Night Train (2012−2015), a literary journal which was featured in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio. His flash fiction appeared in Best Small Fictions 2015. His most recent books (January 2018) include the novel Knuckledragger and the poetry collection Jesus in the Ghost Room. Follow @rwilliambarnes on Twitter.