About Barbie Beaton


WORDS ILLUMINATE OUR LIVES. Language inspires how we think, feel, and express ourselves. Through writing, I unearth life’s conflictual beauty or 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 memoir 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 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.


  1. 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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