Barry Grass is a writer specializing in creative nonfiction – specifically the forms of the essay, the memoir, & literary journalism. A recent transplant to Philadelphia, they have also lived & practiced writing in Tuscaloosa, AL and Kansas City, MO (where they are originally from). They received a B.A. in English from Northwest Missouri State University and earned their M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama. They are the author of Collector’s Item (Corgi Snorkel Press, 2014), a chapbook of personal essays examining how the act of collecting intersects with the construction of self. Their essays appear in The Normal School, Longreads, BOAAT, Hobart, Sonora Review, Bending Genre, Analemma, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, among other journals & magazines. Their writing has been anthologized in Enter Your Initials For Record Keeping (Cobalt Press, 2015), Chorus: A Literary Mixtape (MTV Books, 2012), #GOODLitSwerveAutumn: An Anthology of Independent Literature About Kanye West (NAP, 2012), and in the tornado recovery charitable anthology, Tuscaloosa Runs This (Broken Futon Press, 2011). They have given public readings of their work in Baltimore, Brussels, Chicago, Kansas City, Madison, Memphis, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Tuscaloosa.
Barry teaches creative writing, academic writing, and professional writing here at Hussian. When they’re not teaching, reading, or writing, Barry is listening to heavy metal, watching professional wrestling, and spending way too much money eating at restaurants they can’t afford.