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I'm compelled to write! Just can't help it.

Background Information

Barbara Youree is a freelance writer and former teacher of French and English. Her narrative nonfiction book Courageous Journey, Walking the Lost Boys Path from the Sudan to America (New Horizon Press, 2008) is the story of two Sudanese refugees whom she met and mentored in Kansas City during their first year in the United States. The book was endorsed by former President Jimmy Carter and became a finalist in The National Best Books 2008 Awards. The sociology department at Avila University in Kansas City has selected it as required reading in their classes.


Youree has written a series of historical romances set in Italy for Heartsong Presents/Barbour Publishing. Because of their popularity, four have been combined under one cover: Renaissance Brides. Together the romances have sold over 130,000 copies. Not counted in that number are a republication of the series in large print.


Her six children’s books, fiction and nonfiction, with Beacon Hill Press are about children of missionaries who make friends with children in foreign cultures. Her many magazine articles have appeared in such diverse publications as Fate, True Reports of the Strange & Unknown; Miracles Magazine; Mature Living; and Spider, the Magazine for Children. For eight years she served as Contributing Editor of the internationally distributed Potpourri, A Magazine of the Literary Arts.


Among activities that Youree enjoys, traveling tops the list. She has visited most of the countries where her stories are set: Italy, France, Haiti, Guatemala, and the Netherlands. Her two trips to Greece provided background for two novels: the recent publication of Race to Glory: Olympics from the First Century and the forthcoming romance, Heart at War, set during the Greek Revolution in the mid-nineteenth century.

Birth Place
Rogers, AR Benton

MA from Emporia State University
Finalist in National Best Books Award (2008) for Courageous Journey
Alliance Française grant to study in France National Endowment for the Humanities to study at Notre Dame University
First place for children's book in Oklahoma Professional Writers

Additional Information

I continue to receive invitations to speak at universities, libraries, corporations, civic organizations,etc. on my book, Courageous Journey. I also lead writing workshops, speak at writing conferences and participate in panel discussions

Contact Information
PO Box 503 
Rogers AR 72758   US
Contact Author: Barbara Youree
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Up-to-date news and views on the new country of South Sudan and the northern Sudan, with special emphasis on topics discussed the Courageous Journey.

Barbara Youree
Mostly dedicated to topics in my two Greek novels, set in Greece. 1. Race to Glory: Olympics from the First Century. Fun Facts is a section that gives interesting info on both the ancient and modern Olympic Games. 2. Heart at War. This romance, set during the mid-nineteenth century interweaves true historical characters with the fictional ones. More fun facts will be posted about these historical figures after the book is published.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
I am a Gallery Guide (docent) at the new Crystal Bridges. From time to time, I will post comments on the May I Say? page on my website:

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