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.