Jodi Barnes

Location Cary, NC
Occupation writer, editor
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Books by Jodi Barnes
  • by Jodi Barnes
    14 Words For Love, 2013.

  • by Jodi Barnes
    Main Street Rag Publishing Co., c.2010,, 2010.
  • About Me

    I like to write short stories and poetry. Some of my stories have made finalist with Glimmer Train (2012) and 2011 and 2013 Press 53 Open Awards for short-short story category. The Light is posted at 100 Word Story (July 2013). One of my 53-word stories written for Prime Number was selected by Wigleaf as one of its Top 50 (2013).

    My first chapbook, unsettled (Author's Choice, Main Street Rag), was runner-up for the 2010 Oscar Arnold Young Award: best book of poetry in NC. Other work is in Iodine Journal, four Main Street Rag anthologies, a Jacar Press anthology and Blue Collar Review. A lot of my work is about work.

    I started 14 Words for Love, a social-literary activist project, in January 2013. Valentine's Day, Pay it Forward Day, Peace One Day and 100,000 Poets for Peace are our main events. Writers and non writers are encouraged to write 14-word poems or stories and share these on our site or on social media. All work posted is downloaded and available for everyone to print out and distribute to communities. During Valentine's Day 2013, several thousand people wrote poems; they were distributed on four continents.

    My author webpage:

    To read a sample of my poems, please go to

    Meg Pokrass's Damn Sure Right and Darlin Neal's Rattlesnakes & the Moon are two collections I really love. Cliff Garstang's What the Zhang Boys Know and Joe Bathanti's the High Heart also rock.

    Why do you write?

    Meg Pokrass's Damn Sure Right and Darlin Neal's Rattlesnakes & the Moon are two examples of writing that get me excited about stretching my imagined boundaries. I am also fueled by The Sun, a stunning, monthly stream of good poetry, fiction and nonfiction, based in Chapel Hill, close to where I live.

    Other authors I admire: Tom Robbins, Studs Terkel, Philip Levine, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Auden, Dorianne Laux and countless others.

    I am most concerned about social justice and multicultural issues. Many times, these revolve around the contexts of work and education.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    Some authors are cited, above.

    Skinny Legs and All, Tom Robbins
    The Hours, Mark Cunningham
    The Antidote, Oliver Burkeman
    Working, Studs Terkel
    The Book of Men, Dorianne Laux
    The Odyssey and The Iliad
    Damn Sure Right, Meg Pokrass
    Rattlesnakes & the Moon, Darlin Neal
    Native Guard, Natasha Trethewey
    Lighthead, Terrance Hayes
    High Heart, Joseph Bathanti

    Jodi Barnes's Wall

    Deborah Oster Pannell – Oct 13, 2013

    Hi Jodi,
    Just noticed your kind comments on my piece, "Oyster." Thank you so much...

    Philip F. Clark – Sep 25, 2013

    Many thanks Jodi for your comments on "Manhattan Billy Budd". Much appreciated. Very glad to come to your work also!

    Pia Ehrhardt – Sep 06, 2013

    Jodi, thank you for reading Brides!

    Pia Ehrhardt – Sep 04, 2013

    Jodi, hi! Thank you for reading The Chance of Rain. Can't wait to dig into your work!

    Nonnie Augustine – Sep 03, 2013

    Thank you for reading and commenting on "Let the Others Drool," Jodi. Much appreciated.

    Foster Trecost – Aug 31, 2013

    Hi Jodi, thanks for reading Sliding Windows, and thanks for commenting, too; i appreciate both. fos.

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 13, 2013

    Thanks so much for the comment on The Wall, my little love story. Appreciate you reading my work. Great seeing more of you here, too.

    Barry Basden – Aug 09, 2013

    Thanks for your insightful comments about Eleventh Hour, Jodi.

    Jodi Barnes – Jul 13, 2013

    Thank you, Marcy. I am only now realizing how wonderful this site is. Taking some time to post and read. I am honored to be part of it!

    Marcy Dermansky – Aug 14, 2012

    Welcome to Fictionaut. Glad you are here.

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