In a nutshell: Barbara A. Barnett is a writer, musician, orchestra librarian, Odyssey Writing Workshop graduate, coffee addict, wine lover, and all-around geek.

In a much bigger nutshell: Barbara A. Barnett is an avid rejection letter collector—or, what is more popularly known as a writer. Her short fiction, which ranges from dark to wacky to whimsical, has appeared in publications such as Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Cast of Wonders, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Fantasy Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and Flash Fiction Online. She is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop, and she currently serves as managing editor of the workshop’s blog and Resident Supervisor for The Never-Ending Odyssey (TNEO) workshop.

Barbara earned her Bachelor of Arts in music (vocal performance) and English literature from the University of Maryland and her Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. She has spent most of her non-writing professional life working for performing arts organizations, first doing grant writing and database management for opera and theater companies, then working as an orchestra librarian for The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.


Super Great

When not hunched over her laptop writing, Barbara enjoys singing, theater, playing piano, occasionally dusting off her clarinet, obsessively organizing things, imbibing large amounts of coffee and wine (though not at the same time), and mocking bad movies.

Barbara lurks about the Philadelphia area, where she lives with her husband and a pantless stuffed monkey named Super Great.