Bartlett joined Kansas Authors Club in 2021 after serving as a literary contest judge for two years. She was the prose contest manager from 2021-2023. Bartlett presented at the 2022 Kansas Authors Club convention on the lack of rural voices in writing (and other forms of media), and from this presentation a new contest category was created called, Rural Voices. Additionally, Bartlett has served as the co-chair for District 2. Bartlett along with fellow KAC member, Curtis Becker, rolled out the first-ever KAC Zine, Writing from the Center. She somehow nominated herself for vice-president, despite telling Tracy she didn’t want to take on that role.
As a writer, Bartlett has published a poetry collection, Vacant Childhood, with Kellogg Press in January of 2020. In November of 2023, she published a chapbook, Between Belonging and Brokenness. Her work has appeared in Flint Hills Review, 105 Meadowlark Reader, The Write Bridge, and The Milk House: A Rural Writing Collective. In fall of 2023, her essay, “Reframing My Rural Past” was nominated for Best of the Net.
She is an active member of the Emporia Writers Group, which has become an integral part of her life. Bartlett credits her involvement with EWG for much of her writing successes over the last several years.