Shannon Barnsley

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Shannon Barnsley is a writer, poet, and folklore devotee from New Hampshire, currently living in Brooklyn. She holds a degree in Creative Writing/Mythology & Religion from Hampshire College. Since graduating, she has been found giving tours at an 18th century Shaker village museum, translating English English into American English for an independent publishing company, wandering in the woods with her ferocious yorkie beast, and tackling the epic journey that comes with having multiple chronic illnesses.

Her first book, Beneath Blair Mountain, was published by 1888 in 2015. Her other work can be found in Nothing Without Us, Witch Lit: Words from the CauldronWolf Warriors I-V, The Cost of Paper: Volume ThreeFabulously FeministThe Concord MonitorRedhead Magazine, and The Climax. Shannon has a particular love of folklore/fakelore, folk/epic/oral tradition, and all manner of storytelling. Much of her work is inspired by this passion, her pagan upbringing, and the New England wilderness she calls home.

Publications & Prizes

Nothing Without Us (Renaissance Press, 2019)
Beneath Blair Mountain (Black Hill Press, 2015)
Prizes won: 

Summer Writing Project 2015 Finalist, Redhead Magazine 2013 Choice Story, Freshly Pressed

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Jhumpa Lahiri; Alison Croggon; Margaret Atwood; Jeannine Hall Gailey; Jane Yolen; Marjane Satrapi; Charles de Lint; Susannah Cahalan, Ray Bradbury; Jewel Kilcher; Jan Brett; Grace Lin; William Shakespeare; Geoffrey Chaucer; Snorri Sturluson; Peter Christen Asbjørnsen; Leonora Blanche Lang; Philip Pullman; Tamora Pierce; Alex Flinn; Joyce Carol Oates; Carolyne Larrington; Robert Emmet Meagher; Simon Roy Hughes; Lois Lowry; A. A. Milne; Robert Frost; Emily Dickinson; Charlotte Perkins Gilman; T. A. Barron; Greg Pak; Sebastian Girner; Kieron Gillen; Brian K. Vaughan; Marguerite Bennett; Sanjay Patel; Max Brooks; Celia Rees, Suzanne Collins; Ann Brashares; Jean Craighead George; Madeleine L'Engle; McKenzie Bodkin; Wendy Doniger; Duncan Williamson; Jack London
What I'm reading now: 
Five Norwegian White Bear Tales by Simon Roy Hughes, The Kalevala by Elias Lönnrot, Roumanian Fairy Tales by Mite Kremnitz

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Disabled, Feminist, Irish American, Scandinavian American
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any
Fluent in: 
Born in: 
Bethesda, MD
Raised in: 
Penacook, NH
New Hampshire
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Last update: Apr 04, 2020