Anne C. Barnhill’s second book, WHAT YOU LONG FOR (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, May, 2009) is a short story collection which writer Julianna Baggott calls “a cause for celebration.” Fred Chappell says “Barnhill finds material for her strong stories in ordinary places among unexceptional people. . . Yet. WHAT YOU LONG FOR is surprising at every turn…serious and humorous by turns—and always sympathetic.” The Winston Salem Journal calls her “a writer who has the gifts to convey her insights with a deft touch.” One of the stories recently was named first runner-up in the Thomas Wolf Fiction Contest.
Her first book, AT HOME IN THE LAND OF OZ: AUTISM, MY SISTER AND ME (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2007), tells what it was like growing up with an autistic sister before anyone knew much about autism. Stephen Smith in The Pilot, calls is “a beautiful story about autism.” Robert Morgan says, “it’s the story of kinship, intimacy and affection.” Clyde Edgerton states, “Ms. Barnhill has demonstrated how humans can love each other in unspeakable ways, learning languages as well as contours of certain rooms of the heart that some of us are never fortunate enough to know.”
Barnhill’s work has appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies including, most recently, The Antietam Review, and RACING HOME: New Stories from Award-Winning North Carolina Writers. Other publications include the story, “Washing Helen’s Hair,” from the Grammy-nominated anthology, Grow Old Along With Me, and “The Swing,” from Generation to Generation. She has received an Emerging Artist Grant, a Regional Artist Grant and a writer’s residency at the Syvenna Foundation in Texas. She has been selected as a Blumenthal Reader twice and her stories have won several awards, including the Porter Fleming Fiction Award from the Augusta, Georgia Arts Council.
Barnhill has published nonfiction with a variety of newspapers and magazines including Our State Magazine: Down Home In North Carolina. Her book reviews have appeared in The Notre Dame Review and Main Street Rag as well as the Winston Salem Journal, the Greensboro News and Record and the Raleigh News and Observer.
Ms. Barnhill has been the keynote speaker at meetings of Episcopal Church Women in North Carolina and South Carolina. She has also presented programs about memoir writing at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, the Kernersville Moravian Church and the Kernersville Library Book Club, the Wilkesboro Friends of the Library and other book clubs; she has taught memoir writing and fiction writing in a variety of places including Guilford College, Greensboro, NC; University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Guilford Technical Community College, the Phoenix Festival at High Point University and the Greensboro YMCA for Seniors. She has taught courses in creativity for the faculty and staff at Guilford College and the Center for Creative Leadership, both in Greensboro. This fall, she will teach a fiction workshop at Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from UNC-Wilmington and has recently signed a 2-book deal with St. Martin’s Press for her historical novel based on an ancestor, set in Tudor England. The first novel will appear in 2011.