Barry Kitterman grew up in California's San Joaquin Valley, and received an AB (English) from the University of California at Berkeley. After two years in the Peace Corps (Belize)in the mid-seventies, he completed the MFA program at the University of Montana in 1981. He has taught writing and literature at IU East, Miami University of Ohio, and at two universities in the People's Republic of China, Nankai and Qingdao. In 1989-90 he was Hudson Walker fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Since 1994, he has taught at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, where he is past coordinator of the creative writing program and the visiting writers series. He has published short fiction and nonfiction in The Carolina Quarterly, The Chariton Review, Turnstile, Flyway and elsewhere. He is the fiction editor for Zone 3 Magazine (APSU) and is an associate editor of The Green Hills Literary Lantern (Truman State University). In 2001, he received an individual artist's grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. His novel The Baker's Boy  was published in May 2008. From the San Joaquin, a collection of stories was published in 2011, one of last books to be published by SMU Press. He lives with his wife, Jill Eichhorn, and their two children, Teddy and Hannah, in Clarksville, Tennessee.