About Barbie Beaton

WORDS ILLUMINATE OUR LIVES. Language inspires how we think, feel, and express ourselves. Through writing my truest stories, I unearth life’s conflictual beauty and perhaps reveal an errant truth. Words are vessels of identityโ€”I write to give thought a place to land.

I’m a francophile, word fanatic, and dog lover. My obsession with creative nonfiction began with my first writing class. Writing the truth was a permission never previously granted to me, and breaking the orthodoxy of a patriarchal society that wants to silence women was a liberty to pursue and practice as a means of healing.

I love travel, food, Belgian beer, wine, books, hiking, sweaters, and spending time with friends. I was awarded the 2018 Honorary Montana Fellowship at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). I live in Missoula, MT with my husband and our two daughters.

27 thoughts on “About Barbie Beaton

  1. Thank you for adding me to your list of blogs that you follow. It is a honor and I have returned the favor and will be following you now.

    Blue skies (big ones),


    1. Thank you so much for the nomination. I had to sleep on this, as I have a hard time choosing nominees. I turned down one nomination, however, I think I will accept yours. I am humbled that you find my blog inspiring, so thank you again.


  2. I still love your gravatar picture and the one her on your about page. Both are so fun. Just felt like saying that. Would have sent a DM in twitter but you don’t follow me there. I think that’s because you are not a Twitter Fiend. ๐Ÿ˜€


    1. Thanks Ronovan. Twitter bogs me down with too many feeds when I’d rather be light as a bird. That’s kind of the irony with Twitter isn’t it?


      1. I use it as a way to talk in private, like if I see something on a blog that is like out of alignment or major typo. I let the blogger know, as long as they are a friend who won’t yell at me for it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I do that rather than point it out in a comment.


        1. OK, you win. I am now following you on Twitter. You do realize that I am holding you accountable for all the mistakes on my blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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