Phyllis Barber

Phyllis Barber is a fiction/non-fiction writer who lives in Park City, Utah. She has published nine books, one of which (How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir) won the Associated Writing Programs Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Her latest work is a novel, The Desert Between Us, published by the University of Nevada Press in 2020. She graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in music, from an MFA-in-Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and taught for 19 years in the writing program at VCFA. She has received awards for both her fiction and nonfiction and has published essays and short stories in North American Review, Crazyhorse, AGNI, and The Kenyon Review, among others. She has been cited as Notable in both The Best American Essays and The Best American Travel Writing series. In 2005, Barber was inducted into the Nevada Writers' Hall of Fame.



The Desert Between Us, University of Nevada Press, Reno, Nevada, April 2020. Novel,

To the Mountain: One Mormon Woman's Search for Meaning, Quest Books, Wheaton, Illinois, 2014. Memoir.

Raw Edges, University of Nevada Press, Reno, Nevada, Spring 2010. Memoir.

Parting the Veil: Stories from a Mormon Imagination, Signature Books, Salt Lake City, Utah, April, 1999. Short stories.

How I Got Cultured: A Nevada Memoir,  The University of George Press, Athens, Georgia, Spring 1992 (hardcover), The University of Nevada Press, Reno, Nevada, 1994 (paperback) 

And the Desert Shall Blossom, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah, Fall 1991 (hardcover), Signature Press, Salt Lake City, Utah, Summer 1993 (paperback). Novel. 

Legs: The Story of a Giraffe, McElderry/Macmillan, New York, Fall 1991. MG/YA novel. 

The School of Love, University of Utah Press, Spring 1990. Short stories. 

Smiley Snake's Adventure, Aro Publishing Company, Provo, Utah, 1980. Children's picture book.