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, a lit­er­ary jour­nal which was fea­tured in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and on National Pub­lic Radio, end­ing its ten-year-run in Feb­ru­ary 2012. Sun­ny­out­side Press pub­lished two col­lec­tions of fic­tion, Break­ing it Down and Mostly Red­neck. MiPOe­sias pub­lished two chap­books of poetry Red­neck Poems  and Broke. Sun­ny­out­side Press will pub­lish his novel, The Reck­on­ing, in late 2013. Cruel Joke Press will pub­lish his poetry col­lec­tion, I AM NOT ARIEL in Novem­ber 2013.

He is a nation­ally rec­og­nized and oft-solicited author­ity on flash fic­tion under all its var­i­ous names and per­mu­ta­tions, and serves on writ­ing con­fer­ence fac­ul­ties and pan­els through­out the coun­try, includ­ing recently with Asso­ci­ated Writ­ing Pro­grams, Somerville News Writ­ers Fes­ti­val, Writers@Work, The Par­lor, and Grub Street Writ­ers, as well as their annual Muse & Mar­ket­place con­fer­ence. He taught com­po­si­tion, fic­tion writ­ing, and lit­er­a­ture for over ten years in New Eng­land uni­ver­si­ties such as Emer­son Col­lege and North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity. His sto­ries have been trans­lated into Finnish, French, Pol­ish, and Russian.

If you want to know more, friend him on Face­book, or check through his recent inter­views. If you'd like to read his poetry and get poetry-related news, visit Live Nude Poems. If you're really hurt­ing to know more, you can join his mail­ing list, and he'll mail you updates when some­thing inter­est­ing hap­pens in his life. In other words, not often. Addresses and infor­ma­tion will not be sold, given away, nor beaten from the proprietor's brain by large men with shillelaghs.