Barrett Warner was born in Westminster, MD and grew up in Forestville and Oxon Hill, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. He is the author of "Why Is It So Hard to Kill You" (Jane’s Boy Press, 2015), "My Friend Ken Harvey" (Publishing Genius Press, 2014) winner of the Chris Toll Memorial Chapbook Prize, and "‘Til I’m Blue in the Face" (Tropos Press, 1994). His poems have appeared in a wide array of journals, magazines, newspapers, and recording media since 1981 including Industrial Decay Quarterly, Consequence Magazine, Cloudbank, Open 24 Hours, Slipstream, Berkeley Poetry Review, Nude Beach, Common Ground, Be About It, Southeast Review, Whomanwarp, and Ruby. His stories frequently appeared in the mid- to late-Eighties, and in 2013 he returned to fiction and essay writing with work appearing in Chattahoochee Review, Gargoyle, Yemassee, HTML Giant, and other places. In 2014, he won the Salamander fiction prize, and in 2015, he won the Tucson Festival of Books essay prize. Since 2012 he has been the Associate Editor of Free State Review and for the past 25 years has been Chief of Stables at An Otherwise Perfect Farm.