Michael Barry is the Editor-In-Chief at AgeOfTheSmallBusiness, an organization committed to providing small and mid-sized business owners with actionable intelligence that they can leverage to start, build, and expand their businesses.
Barry’s work has also appeared in Portland Magazine, Primer Magazine, ProSky, ThoughtCatalog, and Celebrities in Disgrace among others.
He received his B.A. in Financial Economics from St. Anselm College and his MFA in Creative Writing – fiction concentration – from the Stonecoast Program at the University of Southern Maine.
Barry has worked with Sarah Braunstein, Rick Bass, Aaron Hamburger, Elizabeth Searle, Nancy Holder, Michael Kimball, and Suzanne Strempek-Shea stateside, as well as Kevin Barry, Sarah Rees Brennan, and poets Ted Deppe, Joan Newmann, and Kate Newmann in Ireland. He earned a Copyediting Certificate from Emerson College and has served as a reader and editor for the annual Art & Words Collaborative Show in Fort Worth, Texas.
His short story Flash Forward to Breakup received honorable mention in the 2014 Short Story Award for New Writers in Glimmer Train as it was in the top 5% of over a thousand entries. Michael has read original work publicly in both the US and Ireland as well as a selection of Herman Mellville’s Moby Dick at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts.
Barry has completed a feature length screenplay entitled Fake-ID. The coming-of-age teen comedy is currently seeking a studio or script agent.
In addition to writing, Barry is an accomplished educator. He earned an M.Ed in Secondary English from American International College and teaches English at Haverhill High School in Haverhill, MA. He previously taught Composition at ITT Technical Institute and English at Resiliency Preparatory School in Fall River, Massachusetts. At Stonecoast he worked as a graduate teaching assistant to authors Sarah Braunstein and David Anthony Durham and presented a craft seminar explaining the literary parallels between screenwriting and prose, specifically with regard to story structure, dialogue, and characterization. Closer to home, Barry works as an English and writing tutor and has volunteered at author David Egger’s 826 Boston location tutoring students ages 7-16.