Barry Arthur Cotton enjoys telling stories that history overlooks. He is the 7th great grandson of the Rev. John Cotton. Renowned as The Puritan Patriarch of New-England, John Cotton was a Founding Father to America’s Founding Fathers and established both the first public school and the first university in North America- the Boston Latin School and Harvard University. Barry serves as a Trustee of the Partnership of the Two Historic Bostons that links Boston, England and Boston, Massachusetts and is President Emeritus of the Winthrop Society. He has authored articles for the Winthrop Journal and the Mayflower Quarterly. Barry grew up in Longmont, Colorado and received a B.A. in philosophy from Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in ESL/linguistics from the University of Hawaii. Barry has worked most of his life overseas in Japan and the Middle East and recently retired to Austin, Texas after having served as special advisor to an ambassador at the United Nations in New York City. He is currently writing a biography of his 7th great grandfather titled "John Cotton: An Intimate Investigation of His Life and Times".
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up along the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. The mountains, rivers and forests of my childhood are always with me- especially in my poetry.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing poetry in high school and really hated expository writing. Later after serving in the military and attending university in Japan, I toyed with writing fiction but have never seriously pursed it. My career took me overseas where I worked as Chief of Staff to a VP in one of the largest multinational corporations in the world. I had to master expository prose in order to survive as one of my job functions was writing speeches for corporate board presentations and communication critical ideas. Later, I was called out of retirement to work as Special Advisor to a UN Ambassador and my writing skills were put the test helping write speeches to the UN General Assembly and drafting UN resolutions. Now that I am finally retired, I apply what writing skills I have to writing history and biography.
green beckons us - green evokes life - green is a collection of simple reflections about things that seize me like the mountains and canyons of Colorado where I grew up and Japan where I fell in love. A love of mystics permeates the collection along with inspirational quotes from a variety of authors and philosophers.