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. Several years after editing fiction for the Beacon Street Review (now Redivider) during graduate school, he co-founded Night Train, this acclaimed journal, which has been featured in the Boston Globe, The New York Times, and on National Public Radio.

He taught writing and literature at Emerson College and Northeastern University for over ten years, and has published poetry, non-fiction, interviews, and fiction in many journals and newspapers. He is currently a fiction instructor at Grub Street. You can visit for more information, or look at this interview conducted by former NT staffer Wayne Yang, owner of Eight Diagrams:Part I, Part II, Part III.

You can can order his collection of flash fiction, Breaking it Down, from Sunnyoutside Press, or wait for Amazon.