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Barbara Marangon
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Barbara File Marangon loves writing fiction and non-fiction, transporting her readers to places where the past and present exist together. She records history from a different camera lens. Born in New York she trained to be a ballet dancer and performed in classical ballets, operas, musicals—and the circus. She traded her pointe shoes to perform with an elephant touring the U.S. with Ringling Bros. Circus. She wrote about it in her first memoir, Detour on an Elephant, A Year Dancing with the Greatest Show on Earth. Her work continued in Italy where she danced, taught, and choreographed ballets for almost two decades, inspiring her second memoir, Chasing Castles, Nineteen Years Living and Teaching Ballet in Italy. Barbara was awarded the Ballets Russes Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma where she taught and received her MFA in Dance. Her writing has appeared in Dance Magazine and Florida Writer’s Magazine. She lives in Florida with her husband and two dogs, and is presently writing a mystery/romance novel that takes place in Venice Italy.

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The AutoEthnographer is an award-winning digital literary and arts magazine. We are non-profit (501)(c)(3), open-access, and peer-reviewed. Our mission is to present the creative side of autoethnography, a method of qualitative inquiry that unites autobiography and ethnography. Authors and artists do this by utilizing lived experience as evidence with which to explore cultural phenomena.

We are dedicated to creating a public, open-source space for creatives to share their personal stories of cultural experience. We aim to

  • support emerging authors and artists,
  • promote cultural diversity and appreciation,
  • and to celebrate creative expression as a vehicle for shared understanding and positive change.

New to autoethnography? Visit What Is Autoethnography? How Can I Learn More? Interested in contributing? View our editorial board’s What Do Editors Look for When Reviewing Evocative Autoethnography? And check out our Submissions page. View Our Team to learn about our editorial board. Please see our Work with Us page to learn about volunteering at The AutoEthnographer. Visit Scholarships to learn about our annual student scholarship competition.


Research over the last 4 decades has illustrated how autoethnography is a powerful tool for personal and professional reflection and expression. We believe that autoethnographic creative expression can educate, heal, inspire, illuminate, and challenge. Our independent editorial team is comprised of international artists, performers, writers, and scholars. Together we invite unpublished, evocative stories that celebrate the intersection of personal expression and cultural inquiry. Stories may be textual, audio, visual, or multimodal. Editors particularly seek to give voice to those who feel marginalized or voiceless in their research or creative journeys. We recognize that there are many ways to perform cultural inquiry and with many different purposes and audiences in mind. We also invite reflections on performing autoethnography, interviews with or among autoethnographers, and news/resources. Theoretical, academic, and philosophical treatments of autoethnography are recommended for submission to The Journal of Autoethnography (unaffiliated).


We seek to make autoethnography more accessible via a focus on non-academic, creative work presented in an array of modalities. Likewise, we value opportunities to nurture contributors and help connect them to audiences. We foster an editorial environment of encouragement and support; our editors regularly volunteer to assist contributors in developing their submissions. We also understand the significance of social presence for our contributors. As such, we share our work across numerous social media platforms. We also participate in relevant literary and academic communities, and present at international conferences. Visibility of our contributors is one of our most important goals.

A highlight of our content is our additional yearly special issue dedicated to important global themes. In 2022 we focused on creative work reflective of or in response to “climate change” and “bodily autonomy”. In 2023 we will host special issues on “laughter” and “queer”.

Though our magazine is published in the English language, we are a proponent of trans-languaging. We invite our contributors to submit work in more than one language and/or to code-switch as desired. We also offer a basic translation tool capable of translating content into more than 40 different languages. Please view our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement.

ISSN: 2833-1400