Kathryn M. Barber


Hometown: Kingsport, Tennessee
BA: English Literature, Carson-Newman University, 2012
MA: English Literature, Mississippi State University, 2014
MFA: Fiction, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2018

Associate Editor: Ecotone 
(Former Nonfiction Editor)

Former Intern: Lookout Books

Kate grew up in the mountains that follow the Tennessee/Virginia state line, where she spent too much time on the swinging bridge over the river. She attended Carson-Newman University and earned her BA in English Literature, with an emphasis in Creative Writing. In 2012, she moved to Starkville, Mississippi to attend graduate school and eat Sunday lunches with her grandmother. She earned her MA in English Literature from Mississippi State University, where she also taught Composition courses and worked as a tutor in the Writing Center. Following graduation, she accepted a job teaching First and Third Year Writing at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Though she only spent one year in Nashville, she still considers it her favorite home.

Kate completed her MFA in fiction from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she now teaches in both the English and Creative Writing Departments. She is the Associate Editor of Ecotone, a literary magazine published bi-annually from the Creative Writing Department's Publishing Lab. Her stories and nonfiction have appeared in venues such as The Pinch, Literary Orphans, Adelaide, Steel Toe Review, and the introductory issue of Press Pause. An excerpt from her Mississippi State thesis-novel appeared in Cape Fear Review, and her most recent fiction is forthcoming from Helen and semicolon lit in fall of 2019.