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Fredrick Preston Barton

Fredrick Preston Barton, American writer, educator, academic administrator. Nominee Big Easy award, recipient Literature prize Louisiana Division Arts, 1989, Bronze Quill award IABC, 1993, Steven T. Victory award Louisiana Bar Association, 2002, Excellence award National Association Religious Journals, 2008, finalist Faulkner Society, 1997; fellowship Louisiana Division Arts, 1989.

Education

  • Bachelor, Valparaiso University, 1970. Master of Arts, University of California at Los Angeles, 1973. CPhil, University of California at Los Angeles, 1975.

    Master of Fine Arts, University Iowa, 1979.

Career

  • Teacher, coach Lutheran High School, St. Louis, 1970-1972. Carnival barker Ted Towne Entertainment, Los Angeles, 1973-1975. Teaching assistant University of California at Los Angeles, 1975-1976.

    Assistant editor Institutions Magazine, Chicago, 1978. Teaching fellow University Iowa, Iowa City, 1978—1979. English professor University New Orleans, since 1979, dean Liberal Arts College, 2000—2004, provost, vice chancellor academy affairs, 2003—2008.

    Creative writing director, since 2008. Film critic Gambit Weekly, New Orleans, 1980—2008.

Works

  • A House Divided
  • Set in the civil rights era, A House Divided explores the private and public lives of two men, united in philosophy and friendship but divided by race, class and the circumstances of their rearing ―and how their personal choices affect their public lives.
  • A House Divided
  • Set in the civil rights era, A House Divided explores the private and public lives of two men, united in philosophy and friendship but divided by race, class and the circumstances of their rearing ―and how their personal choices affect their public lives.
  • With Extreme Prejudice: A Novel
  • A year after his attorney wife is killed in a car accident, Mike Barnett returns home to find his house ransacked and his wife's law files stolen, and he begins to suspect that his wife's death was no accident.
  • Courting Pandemonium
  • Raised by an outspoken single mother, Mac coaches women's high school basketball in a New Orleans public school.

Politics

Party affiliation: Democrat

Religion

Denomination: Baptist

Membership

Board director Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, since 1986. Member Valparaiso University Christ College National Council. Member Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (treasurer Gulf South 1993-1994), Authors Guild, Press Club New Orleans (board director 1993-1995, Alex Waller Memorial award 1984, Outstanding Journalism Performance award 1985, 91, 92, 96, 99, 2004, Criticism prize 1984, 86-90, 92, 94, 97, 2000, 01, 02).

Personality

Interests

Tennis, squash, golf.

Connections

  • Life partner: Joyce Markrid Dombourian.
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Nationality
  • 1970
    Valparaiso University
  • 1973
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1975
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1979
    University Iowa
  • 2004
    English professor, University New Orleans
  • 1970 - 1972
    Teacher
  • 1973 - 1975
    carnival barker Ted Towne Entertainment
  • 1975 - 1976
    teaching assistant, University of California at Los Angeles
  • 1978
    assistant, editor Institutions Magazine
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • 1978 - 1979
    teaching fellow, University Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa, United States
  • 1979
    English professor, University New Orleans
  • 2003 - 2008
    English professor, University New Orleans
    Provost, Alberta, Canada
  • 2008
    creative writing director
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