Victoria Barrett specializes in the writing, editing, and publishing of fiction and teaches freshman Writing Program courses and introduction to creative writing. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Confrontation, Massachusetts Review, and Salon, and Maximum Middle Age, among other outlets. She co-edited Freight Stories with faculty member and fiction writer Andrew Scott; they have published many nationally renowned writers, among them Lee Martin, Robin Black, Daniel Wallace, Larry Watson, and Robert Boswell.
Victoria also serves as editor and publisher of Engine Books, an independent fiction press; titles include Other Heartbreaks by National Book Award finalist Patricia Henley; the award-winning novel Miracle Girls and story collection Pretend I’m Your Friend by MB Caschetta; Echolocation by Myfanwy Collins; and a variety of other books that have received positive reviews in New York Times Book Review; O, the Oprah Magazine; Washington Post; People; Entertainment Weekly; Publishers Weekly; Kirkus Reviews, and others.
Victoria has taught freshman Writing Program and introductory Creative Writing courses at Ball State since 2004. She has been awarded the Writing Program Excellence in Teaching Award and two ASPiRE Faculty Creative Arts Grants.
At Ballet Internationale-Indianapolis, Victoria led fundraising efforts in support of four world-class ballet productions each year, generating more than $2 million in contributed revenue annually. Her work included event planning, grant writing, promotion, annual fund management, corporate campaign management, and major gift solicitation.
As an instructor and graduate assistant at New Mexico State University, Victoria developed innovative curriculum and served as Managing Editor for Puerto del Sol, a storied literary magazine that gave such writers as Pam Houston and David Foster Wallace some of their first publications. In that role, she led the development of a new production system and training program for future editors that modernized the magazine’s operation and cut the production budget by 25%.
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MFA in Creative Writing, New Mexico State University, 2002
BA in Professional Writing and Creative Writing (dual major), Purdue University, 1998