Dorothy Ellis Barnett continues to be haunted by fragments of her childhood, so she searches them trying to understand who she is now. While in her forties, she graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Anthropology, an M.A in English, and James A. Michener Fellowship. Her fifties were spent teaching and designing courses and a degree for Austin Community College where she was Professor of English and Creative Writing. She earned an M.F.A. from Pacific Lutheran University in her sixties while conquering breast cancer. She is professor emerita in English and Creative Writing, retired and an dedicated bridge player several days a week. But, all pales in comparison to the joy in her life as a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
Writing Across Texas Series: A project of the the Writers League of Texas
An Interview with Dorothy Ellis Barnett.
As the founding editor of the Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Dorothy discusses the art and the craft of poetry, the innate ability every beginning student brings to the writing process, and how she goes about bringing her students talents to the surface