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Barry Graham, Scottish author Photo: daishin

“Barry Graham” is what Foucault called an Author Function. In this case, it is a pen-name of a novelist, poet, essayist, reporter and Zen Buddhist monk.

While authors need stories, stories don't need authors, or they shouldn't. This bio is itself a story, though a very short one, and it was of course also written by “Barry Graham.” It could have been written many other ways, all of which would have been equally true, but none of which could be as true as the fiction and poetry that bear the pen-name.

Relevant facts:

More than a dozen books including Kill Your Self: Life After Ego, The Book of Man and The Wrong Thing. Most of those have been translated into French. Prix Marianne winner in 2021, for a book first published in 1991.

Spent two decades in the US, so some books are set there.

Witnessed two executions in Arizona, each time invited by the inmate, not the state.

Published in media including Harper’s, Salon, Narratively, Northwords Now, Flaunt, Parabola, Scotland on Sunday, The Daily Record, The Herald, Bella Caledonia, Uncertainty Club, The Big Click and Nerve.

Poetry is regularly published on Buddhistdoor Teahouse.

Scottish, not British.

Not on Fcbk or Twttr.

Profile at Scottish Book Trust

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