John Barry is an independent journalist, a theatre critic, a writer of fiction, and a teacher. His writing has appeared in N + 1, Salon, the Washington Post, DC Theatre Scene, American Theatre Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Urbanite Magazine, Style, and elsewhere. With Baltimore writer Deborah Rudacille, he founded and curates the New Mercury Readings, a monthly nonfiction reading series that features writing by journalists and writers inside and outside Baltimore. He currently teaches courses in humanities and intellectual history at Maryland Institute College of Art. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, Goucher College, and Carver High School for the Arts.