In 2015, she was awarded first place in police/crime/court coverage by the New York Press Association for her January 2014 Ithaca Times cover story on the City of Ithaca’s contract negotiations with the police union.
She received an honorable mention in the 12th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Short Story competition.
Barrett earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Wells College and M.A. in Social and Political Philosophy from Binghamton University. She attended Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2018 and is a 2019 Saltonstall Fellow.
Barrett built a house in the woods, with her craftsman partner, from trees they felled, milled, and raised by hand.