Barbara Joan Scott is a Calgary fiction writer. Her first collection of short stories, The Quick, was selected for the Toronto Star's list of must read books of 1999. Her work has been published in such literary magazines as Grain and Prairie Fire, and has been anthologized in Due West, Albert Re/Bound and several school texts. Scott has a BA and MA in English from the University of Calgary. She has taught various creative writing courses and workshops, and is also an award-winning editor of fiction and creative non-fiction. Her first novel, The Taste of Hunger, published by Freehand Books was a Quill and Quire Book of the Year for 2022 and has been shortlisted for the Kobzar Book Award for 2024.