Tina Barry

Location High Falls, NY
Occupation freelance writer
Website http://TinaBarryWriter.com

Books by Tina Barry
  • by Tina Barry
    Big Table Publishing Company, 2015.

  • by Charles Fishman, Smita Sahay
    Kasva Press LLC, 2016.

  • by Robin Stratton
    Big Table Publishing Company, 2016.

  • by Stuart Dybek, Tara L Masih
    Queen's Ferry Press, 2016.

  • by Pure Slush
    Pure Slush Books, 2016.
  • About Me

    I'm the author of Beautiful Raft (Big Table Publishing, 2019) and Mall Flower (Big Table Publishing, 2015). Publications: Rattle, Verse Daily, Spotlighted Story in the Best Small Fictions 2020 and 2016; Drunken Boat; Elimae; the Boston Literary Magazine; Ramshackle Review; Tiny Lights; Short, Fast and Deadly; 5 X 5; PicFic; Thunderclap Press; Six Sentences; 50 to 1; Fractured West; The Linnet's Wings; Berg Gasse 19; 52/250 A Year of Flash; The Prose-Poem Project; Exposure, an anthology of Microfiction; Rufous City Review; Breadcrumb Scabs; Right Hand Pointing; Pear Noir!; THIS Magazine; The Red River Review; Naugatuck River Review; Yes, Poetry; StepAway Magazine; Rose Red Review; Lost In Thought; Inch Magazine; The Orange Room Review; The Lascaux Review; The Light Ekphrastic; One Sentence; Camroc Press Review; The NewerYork; MadHat Lit; Flash Frontier; A Quiet Courage; Rocky Mountain Revival; Pure Slush; Olentangy Review; Blue Fifth Notebook; River River; Tweetspeak Poetry; Veils, Halos, and Shackles; Peacock Journal, Red Sky anthology; Bacopa Literary Review; Writing in a Woman's Voice; (b)OINK; The American Poetry Journal, Five:2:One, Connotation Press; The Nasty Women Anthology; Gone Lawn; Diaphanous Press; Califragile; the Poetry Distillery; Feckless Cunt Anthology; Sky Island Journal; Mom Egg Review; Bending Genres; and MockingHeart Review; A Compendium of Kisses Anthology; NewVerse News; What Rough Beast; Empty Mirror; Tupelo Quarterly, Muddy River Review, Diaphanous Micro, Nixes Mate, Hobo Camp Review, Sage Soup, Defenestration, When Home is Not Safe anthology, Rat's Ass Review, Verse-Virtual, ONE ART, Bending Genres, Unbroken, The Fourth River, Thimble, Maryland Literary Review, Orchards Poetry Journal, Trampset, the South Florida Poetry Review, Alice says Go Fuck Yourself, Gone Lawn, MacQueen's Quinterly, LOL Comedy, A-Minor Magazine, Ghost City Review, 5-minute Lit and Yellow Mama (cont.)

    Why do you write?

    Nixes Mate anthology, and upcoming in the Indianapolis Review and MER's Ages and Stages anthology.My story "Hosed" was selected by WritersRead.org and performed at City Winery, NYC, and my poem "Oh, the carnies" was nominated by Trampset for a Best of the Net 2024 award. I wrote and curated "The Virginia Project" (2018-2019), a traveling exhibit with 14 artists. I have three Pushcart Prize nominations, several Best of the Net. In 2018 I was a writer in residence at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. M.F.A. in creative writing from L.I.U. 2014. My website: TinaBarryWriter.com.

    Seeing great visual art inspires me. Hearing a conversation, especially one where there's a lot unsaid, sparks ideas. I had the good fortune to work as a restaurant critic for a newspaper for several years, so being around chefs, talking to them about food, and eating a meal that hits all the right marks: flavor, texture, color, makes me happy and being happy makes me want to write. Being sad makes me want to write, too, but that has nothing to do with food.

    Any favorite authors? Books?

    As soon as I make this list I'll realize that I've forgotten a bunch of authors, but here goes: Lydia Davis, Alice Munro, Joyce Carol Oates, Jo Ann Beard, Phillip Roth, Somerset Maugham, and I still think E.B. White's Charlotte's Web is the best book about loyalty and friendship ever written. J.M. Coetzee, Tobias Wolff, Mona Simpson, Richard Ford, Richard Russo, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elizabeth Strout, Susan Minot, Meg Wolitzer, Colm Toibin, Margaret Drabble, Paul Harding, Jessica Hagedorn, John High, Loren Groff, William Carlos Williams, Jean Valentine, Sharon Olds, Elizabeth Willis, Matthew Dickman, Michael Collier, Larry Levis, Sigrid Nunez, Gregory Pardlo, Ocean Vuong and so many others.

    Tina Barry's Wall

    David Ackley – Jul 06, 2015

    Thanks, Tina, for the kind response to "consolations." Glad you liked it.

    David Ackley – Mar 12, 2015

    Thanks, Tina, for the kind words about "Blinding Light." It's always nice to get a favorable word from someone whose work I admire as much as I do yours.

    J.A. Pak – Aug 21, 2014

    Thanks so much for your warm welcome! And for reading/commenting/faving "Leaves".

    David Ackley – Jul 08, 2014

    Thanks so much, Tina, for the comments on "Kohala ..." Glad to hear it came across to you.

    Pia Ehrhardt – Sep 04, 2013

    Thank you, Tina, for reading A Chance of Rain. I look forward to reading your work!

    Michelle Elvy – Aug 11, 2013

    Thanks for the note on my little Wall love story, Tina. Glad you enjoyed the humor! Appreciate the read, always.

    Mary-Kim Arnold – Jun 11, 2013

    Tina, thank you so much for reading "bird," and for your kind comments. I am new to this community, but finding it wonderful and rich. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your work! Thank you!

    Tim G. Young – Apr 05, 2013

    Hi and thanks for the note.
    Always a pleasure to stop by for a read!

    Jake Barnes – Apr 01, 2013

    Thanks for the "hi" Tina. I'm a big fan of yours.


    Joani Reese – Jan 26, 2013

    Thanks, Tina, for liking "June, Texas, 1993" and for your funny, sad, true comment on "Self-Portrait." Happy birthday!

    Adam Strong – Jan 22, 2013

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my piece, 1976, much appreciated!

    Penny Goring – Jan 12, 2013

    i'm so hectic lately, i just haven't had time. i hope it's going good. big luv xxx

    Robert Vaughan – Dec 08, 2012

    Dearest Tina, your recent comments on "What Some Boys Do" were so generous. I am grateful.

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 09, 2012

    Thanks for the great comment on "Agra Road," Tina. Appreciate the fave too!

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 02, 2012

    Thanks, Tina. Appreciate your lovely comment on and fave of "Bees in the Eaves."

    Love your piece in elimae!

    Gessy Alvarez – Jul 09, 2012

    Thanks so much for faving "A Good Man Deserves a Good Woman," and welcome back!

    Mary Lane – Jul 05, 2012

    Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on my Boogie Man story. Means much. Best, HM

    Mary Lane – Jul 04, 2012

    Hi. I've actually been here a while, but haven't been on a lot. I look forward to being more active. Good to meet you.

    Robert Vaughan – Jun 25, 2012

    Tina, what a pleasure it is to finally put the person to the "communication!" I loved your poem, and yes...let's have coffee or a meal next time. We have much to share and it was way too little time!

    Tania Hershman – Jun 25, 2012

    Tina, that's so kind of you! It's not yet distributed in the US, will be soon - more information about where to get paperback and ebook here: http://www.taniahershman.com/mymotherbookwheretobuy.htm

    Tania Hershman – Jun 25, 2012

    Lovely to meet you last night, I really enjoyed your reading!

    Penny Goring – Jun 05, 2012

    Thank you for your comment on The Cull me Cuddle me of the Call-me-to-you and the Terrifying smell of Downstairs xx

    Tawnysha Greene – Apr 03, 2012

    Thank you for your comments about "The Game." I appreciate them very much!

    James Robison – Feb 04, 2012

    Thank you.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 02, 2012

    Thanks for faving "Eleutheria," Tina!

    Carol Reid – Jan 13, 2012

    In case you didn't see my public thank you for your suggestions, Tina...thank you!

    Bill Yarrow – Dec 24, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Magritte," Tina!

    Oh, to be young and imaginative again!

    Jules Archer – Nov 28, 2011

    Tina - thanks so much for faving and your comments on "Cloudy..." Appreciate.

    Jack Swenson – Nov 21, 2011

    Thanks so much for the fav & even more so for the spot-on comment for "Europe, 1960." The incident you mention was an eerie capture. As were the sightings of vacant lots in Amsterdam.

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 10, 2011

    Thanks for faving "Before the Door," Tina!

    Jack Swenson – Nov 01, 2011

    You scared me, Tina! I thought Halloween was yesterday. Appreciate the response and the star. Thanks!

    Christopher Allen – Oct 18, 2011

    Hi, Tina! Thank you for commenting on my story "The Shoes, the Girl and the Waves that Washed Them Away." :)

    Jack Swenson – Oct 06, 2011

    Thanks, Tina. I'm glad you voted with the majority re: the ending of "Hot Dish:!

    Joani Reese – Sep 13, 2011

    Hi Tina: The last image in "It is what it is" is one I will never erase from my mind. Thank you for reading.

    DJ Young – Aug 31, 2011

    Thank you for reading and for your kind comments - they're much appreciated.

    Bill Yarrow – Aug 30, 2011

    Thanks for faving "The Empty Bed," Tina! "Nightmare fairytale" is a great way to describe it. Glad the poem worked for you.

    Joani Reese – Aug 22, 2011

    Thanks for dropping by to read and like "Play," Tina. I'm enjoying your work as well.

    Fred Osuna – Aug 11, 2011

    Thanks for reading and favoring "We Put a Smile Back on Your Face," Tina. ~ And, regarding Maine: I lived for nearly a decade in Cambridge, and would escape to Maine whenever possible...beautiful country.

    Robert Salley – Aug 05, 2011

    "A New Tattoo" might be my new favorite Flash ever. Thank you for sharing. and to answer your question... I joined Fictionaut last month. I'm really enjoying being a member.

    Robert Salley – Aug 05, 2011

    Thanks for the comment on "of Two Wild Smiles and a Statue"
    I look forward to reading more of your work.

    Robert Salley – Aug 05, 2011

    Tina, great job on "Don't Grieve for Fish".

    Jack Swenson – Aug 04, 2011

    Aw, Tina, it's just fiction. Thanks for giving "Zoo Story" a good grade.

    Jack Swenson – Jul 29, 2011

    Tina, The viewpoint is tricky in "The Bicycle." Maybe you're right. Or does the fact that the final words are a character's, not a narrator's, make a difference? I can't make up my mind. Anyway, thanks for chiming in. I appreciate it.

    Joani Reese – Jul 28, 2011

    Hi Tina: Thank you for your comments and empathy regarding my poem "The Rest Home." Be strong--when a loved one is in the throes of dementia it seems to drag on forever, but in reality the minutes together don't last long enough.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 20, 2011

    Kind of you to read and comment on "Four Noble Lies." Yeah, that last line! Thanks for the fave, Tina!

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 06, 2011

    Thanks so much for commenting on and faving "Black Ice," Tina. So kind of you.

    Robert Vaughan – Jun 19, 2011

    Thanks for your recent comments, Tina, on my 3 Short Shorts. I always love to hear from you and appreciate your humorous outlook and support.

    Joe Kapitan – Jun 15, 2011

    Tina, thanks for reading Sleepless #3 and leaving a comment, I appreciate it.

    Jack Swenson – Jun 03, 2011

    Truth is stranger than fiction, Tina. Yes, indeed; the lady did indeed run off (& I think marry) a bullfighter from the USA. Thanks for your delightful comment and star for "Snapshots."

    Jim V – Jun 03, 2011

    Tina, so thankful for you reading and commentng on "She Danced Like Fred Astaire." Nice meeting you!

    Jack Swenson – May 27, 2011

    Thanks, Tina. Marc Chagall must be spinning in his grave!

    James Lloyd Davis – May 12, 2011

    Tina, delighted you wanted more of "The complete, unabridged contents of an abandoned diary found in Memphis." I'll try to oblige.

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 22, 2011

    Thanks for commenting on and faving "Addictions." I really appreciate it!

    Meg Tuite – Apr 09, 2011

    Tina, Thank you so much for your generous comments on my story "Itch." So glad you read and liked! I look forward to reading more of your work!!!

    Bill Yarrow – Apr 06, 2011

    Thank you, Tina, for the lovely comment on "Son of Goya." Very pleased you like it.

    Robert Vaughan – Apr 06, 2011

    TIna, thanks for your recent comments and fave of "Watching Them." I am a better writer having known you.

    Jo Deurbrouck – Apr 01, 2011

    Tina, thanks for reading "Rowdy," and for the interesting suggestion. I'll test drive that and a couple variations on it. Yah, maybe what bugs me about the ending is that i'm giving in to my usual desire to say what i mean, say it again, and then, in the last line, slap you in the face with it. : D

    Mark Reep – Mar 31, 2011

    Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on Ambiguity. Glad you enjoyed!

    Misti Rainwater-Lites – Mar 24, 2011

    Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on my latest. I'm flattered that you made it a favorite.

    Robert Vaughan – Mar 20, 2011


    Thanks for your supportive comments on all of my work recently. I am so grateful that we are writing pals.

    Penny Goring – Mar 18, 2011


    Mark Reep – Mar 18, 2011

    Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on Snowdick, much appreciated. Catching up on your work here; I Like It and New Tattoo are my favorites so far. Good stuff!

    Bill Yarrow – Mar 03, 2011

    Thanks, Tina, for your kind comment on and fave of "Staring at Waves." I really appreciate it!

    Jane Hammons – Feb 18, 2011

    Thanks for your comment about the voice in Descanso. That child's voice is, for whatever reason, one that I hear clearly.

    Bill Yarrow – Feb 17, 2011

    Thanks for faving "Sermon of Lilac," Tina. I'm very pleased you liked it so much.

    Karen Eileen Sikola – Feb 14, 2011

    Hi, Tina! Thanks so much for reading and responding to "Headlines."

    Robert Vaughan – Feb 04, 2011

    Tina, thanks for expressing your sweet sentiments about 10,000 Dollar Pyramid. I really appreciate it.

    Jack Swenson – Feb 03, 2011

    Tina, thank you for your good-humored and generous comment about "Carver Country." And thank you for the star!

    James Lloyd Davis – Jan 27, 2011

    Tina, thanks for the fave and the comments on both "Foreplay" and "A heart that is not broken..." Makes me think maybe I'm doing something right.

    James Lloyd Davis – Jan 16, 2011

    Thank you, Tina, for the comment and the fave on "Foreplay."

    Jack Swenson – Jan 14, 2011

    Tina, Thank you so much for the comment and fav for "Madness." I got a kind of mean-spirited enjoyment & satisfaction out of writing it.

    Bill Yarrow – Jan 12, 2011

    Thanks you for the fave of "George," Tina. Very kind of you. Excellent comment.

    Marcus Speh – Jan 02, 2011

    gosh, tina, thank you for the kind comment!

    Bill Yarrow – Dec 22, 2010

    Thank you, Tina, for commenting on and faving, "Mussel Memory." I really appreciate your reading it.

    Bill Yarrow – Nov 30, 2010

    Tina, thank you very much for the fave of "The Proud Accounting." Glad you liked it!

    Jack Swenson – Oct 27, 2010

    Tina, thanks for your comment about "The Party." Wow! TWO greats!

    Claire King – Sep 24, 2010

    Tina, thanks so much for your read, comment and fave on Anything Again. Much appreciated!

    Cherise Wolas – Sep 21, 2010

    Tina, thank you so much for your beautiful words about Sisters At The Lake. And for the fave. I am so pleased that opening the story up resonated for you. I think, perhaps, I may keep going with it! Your generous comments made my day.

    Claire King – Sep 21, 2010

    Hi Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on Godfrey! Much appreciated.

    Jack Swenson – Sep 17, 2010

    Tina, thank you for your wonderful comment on my latest cat story. You made my day!

    Bill Yarrow – Sep 07, 2010

    Thanks, Tina! Glad you liked "Bone Density."

    Cherise Wolas – Aug 13, 2010

    Oh, and I look forward to reading your work!

    Cherise Wolas – Aug 13, 2010

    Thank you for your lovely words about In The Lake. Very appreciated. I have actually gone further with the story and it's fascinating where the sisters have taken me, and all that is starting to be revealed about what is going on at the lake that summer!

    Doug Bond – Aug 12, 2010

    thank you for comments on 8 Years Later. And totally agree on White's "Charlotte's Web" ...won't ever forget the experience of reading that to my daughter, the ending...i kept having to pretend i was coughing to get through it :)

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 15, 2010

    Thanks, Tina, for your wonderful comment about "Violet Rivers."

    George LaCas – Jul 12, 2010

    thanks, Tina!

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 12, 2010

    Tina, thanks so very much for your kind feedback! I really appreciate it!

    Kari Nguyen – Jul 07, 2010

    My pleasure, Tina, I’m glad I came across it today. I hope to read more of your work very soon. Yes, I’m still kind of new around here so I’m trying to catch up on all the great stuff I’ve missed. :)

    Sara – Jul 05, 2010

    Tina, thanks for your kind note on Crystal. yeah, Brooklyn.

    Bill Yarrow – Jul 02, 2010

    Wow! Thanks for you awesome comment on "Magritte"!

    Jerry Ratch – Jun 24, 2010

    Thanks, Tina.

    Robert Vaughan – Jun 17, 2010

    Hi Tina, I hope you are having a great week. Any new pieces of yours floating around in the cyber world? I would love to read them if so. Have a great weekend!

    Ramon Collins – May 26, 2010

    Thank you for reading and commenting on TWO FOR THE ROAD; I appreciate it. I've never posted like this, but apparently, it's the way it's done on Fictionaught. I usually just recip -- this seems like Advertisements For Myself.

    Robert Vaughan – May 25, 2010

    Hi Tina,
    Thanks for the welcome...nice to see some faces that I recognize here.

    Larry Strattner – May 14, 2010

    Tina. Thanks for the comments on Eli. They made my day a little brighter. Eli says hello too. As much as he's a dog, he's a state of mind.

    Julie Innis – May 12, 2010

    Tina, thank you! I shall watch for you at the Y.

    Myra King – May 10, 2010

    Thanks Tina :-)

    Meg Pokrass – May 01, 2010

    Tina, thanks for reading and commenting on the MILF piece!

    Jack Swenson – Mar 26, 2010

    Tina, thanks for the good review of "Estranged."

    Stephanie Bobo – Mar 24, 2010

    Thank you for reading "Eddie Says" and for your kind words!

    Foster Trecost – Mar 18, 2010

    Hi Tina. Thanks for reading and commenting on Invisible Grime - I'm happy you liked it.

    Jack Swenson – Mar 15, 2010

    Thanks, Tina. Very encouraging words. You can add me to the list of your many fans!

    Kirsty Logan – Mar 02, 2010

    The online issue will go online at the same time, though it will only feature a few of the stories in the print version. And thanks for the congrats! I have been harassing the inboxes of many editors lately.

    Kirsty Logan – Mar 02, 2010

    Hi Tina! The first issue is due out in May: we thought it better to wait until the sun was shining, as perhaps people will be more in the mood for buying fiction.

    Christamar Varicella – Feb 21, 2010

    Thanks Tina. So nice to know someone else thinks this is funny. Please check my website for past and future installments.

    Julie Innis – Feb 20, 2010

    Tina, thank you for your kind words on "Sanctuary" - hope all is now well with you post-email debacle!

    John Woodington – Jan 17, 2010

    Thanks for the comments on "A Letter to the Girl I May or May Not Have Slept With Last Night."

    Darryl Price – Jan 09, 2010

    Hi Tina--very cool!

    Robb Todd – Jan 06, 2010


    Meg Pokrass – Nov 29, 2009

    Tina - thank you for your insightful words about "Them". I believe you said it exactly. This helps me greatly. I'm often too close to a piece to understand my own process, but you just pinpointed it. You are a wonderful reader.

    David Erlewine – Nov 28, 2009

    Hi Tina, thanks so much for faving my elimae pieces and for the generous, insightful comments. I look forward to more of your posts on here. That BLM issue with "Velvet" was great. I also loved Sheldon Compton's "Pitch Meeting," among others. I really like BLM.

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