Barb Howard has been President of the Writers' Guild of Alberta, Writer-in-Residence for the Calgary Public Library, and editor of FreeFall Magazine. Before she took up writing full time, she was a lawyer, a probation officer, a cafeteria worker, a canoeing instructor, a camp counsellor and a chambermaid (all of which figure in her fiction and nonfiction).
Barb's short story collection Western Taxidermy won the Canadian Authors' Association 2012 Exporting Alberta Award and was a finalist at the international 2013 High Plains Book Awards. Her work has been shortlisted 4 times for Alberta Literary Awards, including twice in 2012, and she won the 2009 Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story. Barb's fiction and nonfiction has been published in magazines, journals, and anthologies across Canada including Grain, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review, Room, Alberta Views and Canadian Lawyer.
In addition to Western Taxidermy, Barb's book-length works of fiction include Notes For Monday, Whipstock and The Dewpoint Show. She is co-editor of, and contributor to, the 2012 nonfiction anthology Embedded on the Home Front: Where Military and Civilian Lives Converge. Also in the nonfiction realm, her essay "The Unicycle in My Garage" was shortlisted for the national 2017 Carte Blanche and Creative Nonfiction Collective contest, and she is working on a nonfiction manuscript on the connections between law and literature.
Barb regularly hikes, bikes, and skis in the Alberta foothills and Rockies. She lives in Calgary.