Journal Publications

“Beside the Road” Real South Magazine ’12 Issue 1
“That Summer” Gargoyle Magazine ’12 Issue 58
“That Exit” Best of Potomac Review Potomac Review ’11 Issue 50
“They Knew Too Much” Potomac Review ’10, online
“I Read Chekov,” Potomac Review ‘10, online
“A Girl Named Agnes” Southern Women’s Review ’10, Issue 3 Vol  3
“He Snaps, She Snaps” Ricochet ’10, Issue 1
“That Exit,” Potomac Review ’09, Issue 3
“When I Was Twelve,” Relief Quarterly ’09, Issue 4.1
”Charlotte Wondered,” Relief Quarterly ’08, Issue 2.3
“With Hollandaise,” Ruminate Magazine ’08, Issue 6
“Surviving Nashville,” Ruminate Magazine ’07, Issue 3
”Hail, Mary,” Stonework Journal ’07, Issue 4
“The Summer of My Tenth Birthday,” Stonework Journal ’07, Issue 4
“At the Store,” Matthew’s House Project ’07, online


Lily Harp

Lily Harp – a novella and other stories

“Barton knows her characters like she knows Florida’s Gulf coast, deeply and with a love that cannot be faked. Lily Harp is a masterpiece of atmosphere and mood, of jasmine blooms and mangrove roots. These are stories that ask to stay with you—let them.”  —David James Poissant, author of The Heaven of Animals

 “From the sweltering Florida mangroves to the dust storms of Oklahoma, Stacy Barton sculpts imagery and molds characters who traverse the complex terrain of the human heart.” —Beth Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Me

“In the luscious novella at the center of this scrumptious new book, the pregnant, seventeen-year-old, eponymous Lily Harp struggles to be, right and wrong as muddled as the Florida weather.” —Alan Michael Parker, author of The Committee on Town Happiness

“In these stories, you’ll hear distant echoes of Raymond Carver.” —Thomas Caraway editor, Rock & Sling

“Barton has created a sacred space and populated it with unforgettable characters whose stories and struggles are at once evocative and eternal. We will ever keep them in our hearts.” —Cathleen Falsani, journalist and author of Sin Boldly: A Field Guide for Grace


 Like Summer Grass 

“The poems in Like Summer Grass offer their tender recollections of a family from the mother who stands by, learning to let go of the children in the ordinariness of time—the house a bit “untidy,” cheerios on the breakfast table, daddy and husband on hand, hearts full—leaving us “with a memory of longer days and childhood rising.” —Carol Frost, author of eleven books of poetry; four Pushcart Prizes

“Stacy Barton weighs the newly won freedom of the empty nest against the profound guilt of letting go. “I stand aside a necessary spectator to the miracle of [their] unveiling.” Not an enviable task for a mother of four and yet the results are equal parts awe and heartbreak.” —Richard Peabody, editor Gargoyle Magazine.

Like Summer Grass should be read and then read again. These songful poems, about the ache and exhilaration of motherhood are such a joy to read; they require attention and invite reflection. They are honest, tender, and emotionally provocative. “The image of you now gone floods me, sweeps the room to stillness  in the absence of your need.” They celebrate the home, honor the family, and offer a bracing antidote to the ironic skepticism favored these days in some literary circles.”  —John Dufresne, Guggenheim Fellow

“In Like Summer Grass, Barton plumbs the bittersweet depths of watching one’s children take flight. With unsentimental detail, the poet captures memory’s ability to seemingly close the spaces between giving birth and packing one’s daughter for college. A tender tribute to the emotions a mom often cannot explain.” —Tania Runyan, poetry editor, Relief Journal

“Barton’s poems let it all in—wonder, joy, pain, confusion, growth, fear, relief—with language that feels authentic with every line. She celebrates and mourns the fleeting nature of ever-changing family life with uncanny precision. “I see them still piled beside me, a mix of pillows, elbows, knees.” —Susan Lilley, author of Satellite Beach, winner of Rita Dove Poetry Award

surviving nashvilleSurviving Nashville: Short Stories

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.  

Read the opening story of Surviving Nashville – “Periwinkles”

“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 wimage2onder of Stacy Barton’s fiction is the emotional connection of her characters…authentic all the way.”  Philip F. Deaver, author of 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

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Babba and I Went Hunting Today: Honeys grandmother is sick and she’s loosing her hair, but this day is a “good day.” As Honey and Babba hunt tigers and play pirates in the park, they discover a God who’s bigger than any problem. This endearing story helps parents and grandparents talk with their kids about cancer and other difficult illnesses.

Published in 2004, and used for many years as a resource for the Walt Disney Cancer Institute in the Florida Hospital system, this book is now out of print.  Try the used section of