Molly Barari 


Molly Barari has been writing since she created a newspaper for her third grade class in Kearney, Neb., where she penned an advice column. Two decades later, Molly has stopped giving advice, but she’s still working as a writer in Rapid City.

Molly’s most prized possession is her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, which she earned in January 2017 from Wilkes University. She published her first book in April 2017, a collection of true stories from senior citizens living in the Black Hills of South Dakota titled Dakota Heirlooms. The stories were drafted in Molly’s community writing workshops for seniors. Molly currently teaches two memoir-writing workshops in Rapid City – one is through Community Education of the Black Hills, and the other is through On Common Ground Center.

Molly is a 2017 South Dakota Humanities Scholar, and she volunteers as a Miss Rapid City Pageant board member. In her free time, she loves doing yoga, taking long walks, reading, and watching Alfred Hitchcock films.


Rapid City , SD


Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Nebraska, Kearney, Kearney, NE

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA