About Eric Barnes
There are pictures of Eric's family here. Eric and Elizabeth to the left, Elizabeth below. The children are lined up at the bottom of this page. Reed, Mackenzie, Andrew and Lucy. The pictures were taken in Paris, a number of years ago. The children are much bigger and smarter now. There is more to them, though they are still as sweet as they were when they ice skated on the Eiffel Tower.
At the Columbia University School of the Arts, Eric received an MFA from the Writing Division. That was in 1995. He attended Connecticut College for undergraduate school before that, getting an English Degree with a concentration in creative writing.
Eric worked at a fish processing plant on the Kenai Penninsula in Alaska, worked in construction in Tacoma, worked in offices in Juneau, Tacoma, Connecticut and New York.
There are people who like to say you can't teach someone to write. They say it over and over, with a certain detached arrogance. It seems like a dumb argument, Eric thinks now that he is forty years old. It was good to go to school, good to gut fish in Alaska, good to stare aimlessly out a window on West 57th, good to go to school and spend time with people who also felt some wish and need to write.
Here are the children. This was 2006. Reed, then Mackenzie, then Andrew, then Lucy.