Rusty Barnes grew up in rural north­ern Appalachia, where most of his work takes place. 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. He’s published two collections of fiction and three collections of poems. His latest book is Reckoning, a novel published by Sunnyoutside Press in March 2014.

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, [email protected], The Par­lor, and Grub Street Writ­ers. He taught com­po­si­tion, fic­tion writ­ing, and lit­er­a­ture for over ten years at New Eng­land uni­ver­si­ties such as Emer­son Col­lege and North­east­ern Uni­ver­sity. His sto­ries have been trans­lated into Finnish, French, Pol­ish, and Russian. He lives with his wife, poet Heather Sullivan, and his outstanding family in Revere, MA, a stone’s throw from the ocean.