Tess Barry is a native of Western Pennsylvania and lives in Pittsburgh. She holds an MA in English from the University of Pittsburgh and an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry, from Carlow University (a dual-residency program in the U.S. and Ireland).

Barry was shortlisted for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize (UK). Twice a finalist for North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Prize and Aesthetica Magazine's (UK) Poetry Award, she also was shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Poetry Prize (UK). Most recently, her poems appeared in or are forthcoming in And Other Poems (UK), The Compass Magazine (UK), Cordite Poetry Review (Australia), HeadStuff.org (Ireland), Mslexia (UK), Mudfish, The Pickled Body (Ireland), Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Stinging Fly (Ireland), The Woven Tale Press Literary and Arts Magazine, and online at the Manchester Writing School's (UK) website.

Recent prose is available online at North American Review where she has been a featured blogger.

Barry is a Fellow of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project and longtime member of Carlow University's Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. She teaches literature and creative writing at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh. Her first collection of poetry is being submitted for publication.