Shawnee Barton is an artist, writer and poker player living in Austin, TX. She earned her MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, has two kids, and once finished second in a World Series of Poker event.
In work and life Shawnee aims to be thoughtful without taking herself to seriously. Humor and personal disclosure are the means in which she best makes worthwhile art and forms meaningful human connections.
After saying that, she feels like she needs to put her money (or her family finances more literally), where her mouth is. So she wants you to know that poker has paid for her IVF, life insurance, tattoo removal and a minivan. Art has cost her more than it's made her, and the money she gets from writing is usually about enough to take her family on a vacation every year. She's happy to tell you what each publisher she's written for pays, just send her an email
. All the other life stuff is covered by her smarty pants spouse.