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, relaunching in 2014 long enough to do a best of anthology and one new print issue, ending its run (again) in 2015.

Sunnyoutside Press published two collections of fiction, Breaking it Down and Mostly Redneck. MiPOesias published two chapbooks of poetry, Redneck Poems and Broke. Cruel Joke Press published his poetry collection, I Am Not Ariel in November 2013. Sunnyoutside Press published his novel, Reckoning, in March 2014. Ridgerunner, a crime novel, came out in May 2016 from 280 Steps. A poetry collection, On Broad Sound, came out in December 2016 from Nixes Mate Press. His flash fiction appears in Best Small Fictions 2015, edited by Tara Masih and Robert Olen Butler.

Forthcoming books include two sequels to Ridgerunner, The Last Danger and Apocalypse Money, which will appear in late 2017 and early 2018. In June 2017, Electric Pentacle Press will publish a linked story collection titled Kraj: The Enforcer. In October 2017, Shotgun Honey/Down & Out Books will publish a novella titled Knuckledragger. In March 2018, ABC Group Documentation/Down & Out Books will publish a novella titled Sunset Approaching.

He 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 at New England schools such as Emerson College and Northeastern University.

If you want to know more, friend him on Facebook, Google+, Twitter @rwilliambarnes, or check through his recent interviews. Visit Live Nude Poems for a poetry blogazine co-edited with his wife, Heather Sullivan. He is sole proprietor of the blogazine Fried Chicken and Coffee, which focuses on rural and Appalachian fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. He recently founded and publishes a paying blogazine, Tough, which concentrates on crime fiction and reviews.