BARBIE BEATON is a memoirist and creative nonfiction writer. She received the 2018 Honorary Montana Fellowship to Virginia Creative Center for the Arts. She lives in Missoula, Montana.

Works published:

*WORK-IN-PROGRESS: BANANALANDS surviving the wild years: In this memoir about identity, family, and social responsibilities, BANANALANDS explores the psychological abuses woven into our societal tapestry. Raised in Montana’s highest-ranked county of death by suicide, Beaton was destined to learn that her worth hinged on compliance to systems meant to break her down. Masked behind laws, social norms, and familial obedience, patterns of negligence and control had dire consequences to her spirit as she struggled to find the point of her own welfare.

Barbie Beaton has a B.A. in French and a Master in Education from the University of Montana. She believes trauma is a subject sorely missing from American culture and in its educational system. Her writing aims to shorten the gap of misinterpretation about traumatic experiences and strengthen empathy toward victims and survivors of abuse.


  • Please seek professional help if you or someone you know experiences any type of abuse.
  • For child abuse, please visit childhelp.org
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255