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Surviving Nashville Book Blurb: Full of humor and pathos, as southern stories love to be, the stories in this collection will haunt you like a memory. From simple family dysfunction to tragic twists of fate, the characters in Surviving Nashville suffer their losses with surprising grace. Stacy Barton is a storyteller with an ear for dialect, an eye for detail and a heart for her characters – even the mean ones.  Download it.

Download Sample Story: “Periwinkles”

Endorsements for Surviving Nashville

“Stacy Barton’s considerable genius is that she looks at the world we all look at, but sees what the rest of us are unwilling to see. And she doesn’t flinch. The disarming beauty of Surviving Nashville can be, at times, quite breathtaking. Here is the art of few words and powerful resonance. Stacy Barton’s brilliant collection will haunt you. It’s courageous, honest, and smart.”   John Dufresne, author of Louisiana Power and Light

“This collection is utterly fabulous! Stacy Barton has a gift — the subtle strokes of a watercolorist and the bluntness of a prizefighter all rolled into one. I purely loved this collection of short stories and I can’t recommend it highly enough.”  Beth Hoffman, author of the Best-Selling novel, Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt

“The wonder of Stacy Barton’s fiction is the emotional connection of her characters…authentic all the way.”  Philip F. Deaver, authorof Silent Retreats, winner of the Flannery O’Conner Award for Short Fiction

“Stacy Barton’s stories fly from dark to light and back again in depicting the human condition. Her words sing to accompany her characters in their varied journeys that touch the gamut of readers’ emotions. Through it all there is the never-spelled-out but felt sense that the writer knows that beyond the dark glass she’ll find Light and the answers to the unanswerables.”  Lawrence Dorr, author of A Bearer of Divine Revelation

“Reading Surviving Nashville was like listening to the perfect album—each song complete in itself, but when you listen from beginning to end, you end up singing out all the pain and grief and love you didn’t know you had in you. I love these stories that poured out of Stacy Barton’s soul. In languid prose, pain and faith mix and find their voice in mothers, sisters, best friends, summers, and food fried in cast iron skillets. Surviving Nashville is full of stifled cries, devastating events, and moments of beauty. Each story released in me a cry of pain and the glimpse of a tiny miracle.”  Alice Bass, author of The Creative Life

“Stacy Barton’s stories tug at the cozy blankets around my mind and soul. She makes me think long, hard thoughts with her spare yet lovely prose. I am a voyeur, a gaper, hungering for more with each vignette.”  Chris-Marie Wave, coauthor of Conversations at the Girlville Diner

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Author Bio: Born and raised in Oklahoma – with stints in Tennessee and Pennsylvania – Stacy is a storyteller with a southern flair.  Her collection of short stories, Surviving Nashville (WordFarm 2007), was written after living in Florida for 20 years.  Her stories have been published or are forthcoming in various literary magazines including Potomac Review, Gargoyle, Southern Women’s Review, Relief, Ruminate, Ricochet (Australian), Stonework and Matthews House Project.

With a background in improvisational theater, Stacy’s freelance work focuses on playwriting for regional theaters, theme parks and cruise ships.  Her most recent stage plays, Dear Father Christmas, and an adaptation of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales, both premiered in Orlando, Florida.  In addition to short stories, plays, and poetry, Stacy is the author of a children’s picture book (Babba and I Went Hunting Today), a Ringling Bros circus (Illuscination), an animated short film (Christmas in Hollyville) and numerous live shows for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Lines.

At the 2010 AWP Conference in Denver, Stacy was a featured author at a well-attended reading at the Red Line Gallery in downtown Denver.  In 2008 and 2010 Stacy presented her workshop “From the Stage to the Page” at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference for the Potomac Review.  She has also presented this same workshop in her hometown of Orlando, Florida.

Featured at both the Maitland Arts Festival and the Windermere Arts Festival, Stacy is very involvedin the writing community of the greater Orlando area.  She can often be found reading for local audiences at Urban Re-Think! Bookstore in downtown Orlando, Austin’s Coffee Shop in Winter Park and Infusion Tea in College Park.   Her children’s picture book has been used by The Florida Hospital in their Parent and Grandparent Cancer Resource Program and she is a regular guest reader at various schools and book fairs.

In addition to continuing to pursue the publication of new short stories in literary magazines, Stacy just recorded an audio version of Surviving Nashville.  This recording has not yet been released.  Her debut novel is with her agent now and in addition to that, Stacy is currently working to finalize two new books: another novel and a new collection of short stories.  Download it.

Press Releases:  ROCKVILLE, MD – Stacy Barton will be offering her workshop entitled, “From the Stage to the Page: Using Theater Techniques in Your Writing” at the 15th Annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference.  This year’s Guest Speaker, Alice McDermott, will receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature. Every year the F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Conference brings together distinguished authors, writers, teachers and literature enthusiasts for one-day event featuring workshops, salons and discussions.  Join us on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 8:30am-5:30pm on the campus of Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. To register go to: or call 301-309-9461.

DENVER, CO – At “THE RED LINE GALLERY” downtown Denver, Stacy Barton and other AWP authors will be reading in the midst of inspiring artwork. Come and hear the literary language of four of AWP’s small presses.  From poetry to prose you wont be disappointed.  SATURDAY, MAY 10 at 7:00PM.

WINTER PARK, FL – Drawing on her background in performance and flair for comedy, Stacy Barton takes writers on a whirlwind tour of dramatic structure, rich characters and comic timing. With her contagious passion and encouraging playfulness, she will show you how to look at the theater for guidance on how to practice the art of storytelling. Her days steeped in environmental theater mean that you don’t get a lecture — you get a hands-on experience with tools to take back to your writing desk.  Saturday June 9, 2007.  Registration $110. Call 407.963.4450.

WINTER PARK, FL – SATURDAY MARCH 15. AAUW Literary Luncheon to benefit education. Author, Stacy Barton, will be reading from her collection of short stories, Surviving Nashville. University Club of Winter Park. 841 N Park Ave. Reservations required.  Download it.

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