Stephen Barry was born and raised in the suburbs of NYC with a Bronx attitude. After attending SUNY Delhi for a few years he joined the U.S. Merchant Marine and began to climb the ranks from the bottom to the top. In 1989 he transplanted his base of operation to Chico, Ca. and achieved a B.A. in Media Arts in between ships. He moved back to Chico a few years ago to co-parent his son. Recently retired from the Merchant Marine after 25 years, he has joined the creative writing Graduate Program to hone his writing skills and work down the path towards a Professorship.