S.L. "Skip" Barry

Skip Barry is the author or co-author of several commissioned histories, including books on the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Art Center and Herron School of Art & Design. He is currently finishing work on a history of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, which will be published in April 2011. He is also the author of several nonfiction books for children and teens, including a biography of legendary photographer, writer and filmmaker Gordon Parks which the New York Public Library designated one of 1992’s best books for teens.

Starting his career as a poet and essayist, he published widely in literary magazines over the course of a decade. He then turned to journalism, amassing 20 years experience as a freelancer for such publications as The New York Times, Travel & Leisure, USAir Magazine, USART, and Southwest Spirit. During that time, he also spent 12 years as a staff writer for the daily newspaper, The Indianapolis Star, where he specialized in covering the visual and literary arts, as well as doing general feature writing.
More recently, he has been writing screenplays and teleplays. In that capacity, he also serves as a writer/producer for two Indiana-based film companies. He also provides writing services to advertising agencies, marketing and communications firms, and corporate and non-profit agencies for projects ranging from annual reports, museum exhibition materials, brochures, audio and video productions, and educational materials.

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