Rusty Barnes was raised in Mosherville, Pennsylvania, population 300 or so, and lives now in Revere Massachusetts with his family. He grew up in rural northern Appalachia, 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 nearly 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 has been featured in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio. Sunnyoutside Press published a collection of his flash fiction, Breaking it Down, in November 2007. On August 18th, 2011, Sunnyoutside will publish his collection of traditional fiction, Mostly Redneck.
Rusty Barnes 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. His recently completed novel, tentatively titled “Three of a Kind,” is about northern Appalachia, family and community dynamics, sex, drugs, and not so much rock ‘n’ roll. His new novel, so far, is a mystery no matter how you look at it, involving a retired and obsessed wildlife conservation officer on the cold path of the thought-to-be-extinct eastern ghost cat, and as it turns out, a whole passel of poachers and survivalists with big ugly plans.
You can find out more at Fried Chicken and Coffee, a combination personal page and blogazine, concerned with rural and/or Appalachian commentary, fiction, poetry and essays.