David-Matthew Barnes

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David-Matthew Barnes

David-Matthew Barnes (born September 3, 1970) is an American novelist, playwright, poet, screenwriter, and teacher.

Barnes is the bestselling author of the novels Mesmerized (Bold Strokes Books, 2010), Accidents Never Happen (Bold Strokes Books, 2011), Swimming to Chicago (Bold Strokes Books, 2011), The Jetsetters (Bold Strokes Books, 2012), Ambrosia (Pindelion Publishing, 2012), Wonderland (Bold Strokes Books, 2013), Stronger Than This (Bold Strokes Books, 2014), Fascination (Pindelion Publishing, 2015), Anything But Ordinary (Pindelion Publishing, 2015), The Marijuana Mermaids (2015), Stellar Runaway (Pindelion Publishing, 2015), Love in Time (2015), and Fifty Yards and Holding (Bold Strokes Books, 2015).[1]

In addition, Barnes is the author of a collection of short stories titled Boys Like Me (2015) and two collections of poetry, Souvenir Boys (2013) and Roadside Attractions (2015).[1]

Barnes writes romance novels with an international setting under the name Wren Valentino, including Paso Doble (Pindelion Publishing, 2014), Romance on the Riviera (Pindelion Publishing, 2015), Miranda Chance (Pindelion Publishing, 2015), and Searching for Salvdaor (2016).

Barnes writes gay romance and suspense novels under the name Dylan Madrid, including Mind Fields (Bold Strokes Books, 2013), Love in the Shadows (Bold Strokes Books, 2014), Backstrokes (Bold Strokes Books, 2014), and Star Dust Lullaby (2015).[2]

Barnes writes Southern women's fiction under the name Dalton Marcade, including the novels Jimmy and Starling, Like Sisters, and A Woman's Place.

Barnes writes horror fiction and screenplays under the name Declan Mayfair, including the scripts The Attic, Baby Cindy, Death Do Us Part, Prey, Scare Me, Kill Me, and Under the Cellar Door and the novel The Maddening of the Magpies.[1]

Barnes is the writer and director of the coming-of-age film Frozen Stars (starring Lana Parrilla of ABC's Once Upon a Time), which received worldwide distribution in 2003. He is the writer and director of the dramatic short film Threnody. He is the writer, creator, producer, and director of the independent teen television series Bloom. [3]

Barnes has written over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries, including And The Winner Is (Playscripts, Inc.), Are You All Right in There? (Playscripts, Inc.), Better Places to Go (Pinwheel Plays), Bracelets and Boyfriends (JAC Publishing), Clean (JAC Publishing), Don't Mention It (JAC Publishing), False Hopes (JAC Publishing), Frozen Stars (Pinwheel Plays), Johnny Ramirez Really Wants to Kiss Me (Pinwheel Plays), Pensacola (JAC Publishing), Sloe Gin Fizz (JAC Publishing), Somebody's Baby (Heuer Publishing), Temporary Heroes (Brooklyn Publishers), Threnody (Pinwheel Plays), and Unrequited (Brooklyn Publishers).

Barnes' stage plays have been official selections for the Chicago Director's Festival, the DC Queer Theatre Festival, FronteraFest, the Johannesburg One-Act Drama Festival, the Mid-America Dramatists Lab, the NYC 15-Minute Play Festival, the Rough Writers New Play Festival, and the Western Australia Drama Festival. His plays have been performed on stages across the country including the American Globe Theatre, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Hyde Park Theatre, and the Producer's Club in New York City. Internationally his plays have been produced in Australia, Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and more.[1]

Barnes' literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, Review Americana, and The Southeast Review. He has also served as the guest editor of dramatic literature for The Louisville Review and has written book reviews for the Lambda Literary Foundation since 2011.[1]

Barnes was selected by Kent State University as the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. In addition, he has received the Carrie McCray Literary Award, the SlamBoston Award for Best Play, and earned double awards for poetry and playwriting in the World AIDS Day Writing Contest. He has received national awards in the Split This Rock Poetry Contest and the New Works for Young Women playwriting competition. He is the winner of two Elly Awards from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance, an award from Writer’s Digest, and an award from the Florida Freelance Writers Association.[1]

Two of Barnes' young adult novels, Swimming to Chicago and Wonderland, have been selected by the Rainbow Project Committee of the American Library Association as finalists for their annual Rainbow Books, a list of quality books with significant and authentic GLBTQ content for children and teens.[1]

Barnes is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America,[4] the Horror Writers Association, International Thriller Writers,[5] the Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.[6]

Barnes has been a teacher for nearly a decade, instructing college courses in writing, literature, and the arts. He has been a faculty member of the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky since 2012.[7]

He lives in Denver, Colorado with his partner, Edward C. Ortiz, the founding editor of 7 Word Review.

Filmography[edit]

  • Ambrosia (2015) - screenwriter, adapted from Barnes' novel of the same name
  • Bitter and Sweet (2015) - screenwriter
  • Frozen Stars (2003, worldwide distribution) - writer, director[3]
  • Just Before the Drop (2009) - written and directed by Sam Wagner (adapted from Barnes' stage play), official selection for The One in Ten Film Festival
  • Number 76 (2014, currently in post production) - directed by Sage Perisse (adapted from Barnes' stage play)
  • Threnody (2013, currently unreleased) - writer, director, music supervisor
  • Why So Fly? (2008, currently unreleased) - a documentary about Northern State (band) - producer, director[8]

Writing as Declan Mayfair

  • The Attic - screenwriter
  • Baby Cindy - screenwriter
  • Death Do Us Part - screenwriter
  • Prey - screenwriter
  • Scare Me, Kill Me - screenwriter
  • Under the Cellar Door - screenwriter

Television[edit]

  • Bloom (2014, currently filming) - series creator/writer/producer
  • Count Your Blessings (1998, pilot episode, adapted from Barnes' stage play Pensacola) - series creator/writer

Writings[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Accidents Never Happen (Bold Strokes Books, 2011)
  • Ambrosia (Pindelion Publishing, 2012)
  • Anything But Ordinary (Pindelion Publishing, 2014)
  • Fascination (Pindelion Publishing, 2014)
  • Fifty Yards & Holding (Bold Strokes Books, 2015)
  • The Jetsetters (Bold Strokes Books, 2012)
  • Like Sisters (2015)
  • The Marijuana Mermaids (2015)
  • Mesmerized (Bold Strokes Books, 2010)
  • Stellar Runaway (Pindelion Publishing, 2014)
  • Stronger Than This (Bold Strokes Books, 2014)
  • Swimming to Chicago (Bold Strokes Books, 2011)
  • A Woman's Place (2016)
  • Wonderland (Bold Strokes Books, 2013)

Writing as Dalton Marcade

  • Jimmy and Starling
  • Like Sisters
  • A Woman's Place

Writing as Declan Mayfair

  • The Maddening of the Magpies

Writing as Dylan Madrid

  • Backstrokes (Bold Strokes Books, 2014)
  • The Beautiful Lie (TBA)
  • The Edge of Desire (TBA)
  • Love in the Shadows (Bold Strokes Books, 2014)
  • Mind Fields (Bold Strokes Books, 2013)
  • Star Dust Lullaby (2015)

Writing as Wren Valentino

  • Miranda Chance (Pindelion Publishing, 2015)
  • Paso Doble (Pindelion Publishing, 2014)
  • Romance on the Riviera(Pindelion Publishing, 2015)
  • Searching for Salvador (2016)

Short Stories[edit]

  • Backfire (2010)
  • Boys Like Me (Short Story Collection, Pindelion Publishing, 2015)
  • Bruised (2007)
  • Easy on My Grave (1999)
  • Fifty Yards & Holding (2001)
  • Kitchen (2000)
  • Little Monsters (2012)
  • The Marijuana Mermaid (2001)
  • Patience is Waiting (2006)

Poetry[edit]

  • Roadside Attractions (Pindelion Publishing, 2015)
  • Souvenir Boys (Pindelion Publishing, 2013)
  • Sins of the Flesh (Word Riot Press, 2002)

Stage Plays[edit]

  • Better Places to Go (Pinwheel Plays, 2013)
  • The Bray of the Belles (Pinwheel Plays, 2015)
  • A Darling Among the Maidens (Pinwheel Plays, 2014)
  • Fractured (Pinwheel Plays, 2015)
  • Frozen Stars (Pinwheel Plays, 2013)
  • Hell with the Lid Off (Pinwheel Plays, 2015)
  • Pensacola (JAC Publishing, 2011)
  • Sky Lines (Pinwheel Plays, 2014)
  • Sloe Gin Fizz (JAC Publishing, 2011)
  • Somebody's Baby (Heuer Publishing, 2004)
  • Temporary Heroes (Brooklyn Publishers, 2004)
  • Vacancies (Pinwheel Plays, 2015)
  • We Never Made it to Paris (Pinwheel Plays, 2014)

One-Act Plays[edit]

  • And The Winner Is (Playscripts, 2003)
  • Are You All Right In There? (Playscripts, 2003)
  • Baby in the Basement (Pinwheel Plays, 2003)
  • Boxcar (Pinwheel Plays, 2013)
  • Bracelets and Boyfriends (JAC Publishing, 2006)
  • Clean (JAC Publishing, 2001)
  • The Clutch (Pinwheel Plays, 2011)
  • Defenseless (Pinwheel Plays, 2013)
  • Don't Mention It (JAC Publishing, 2008)
  • False Hopes (JAC Publishing, 1999)
  • Hour Glass (Pinwheel Plays, 2006)
  • I Ate Lunch Alone Today (Pinwheel Plays, 2000)
  • It's A Pleasure to Be Sad (Pinwheel Plays, 2007)
  • Johnny Ramirez Really Wants to Kiss Me (Pinwheel Plays, 2006)
  • Just Before the Drop (Pinwheel Plays, 2006)
  • Let's Not Confuse the Situation (Pinwheel Plays, 2005)
  • No Boys Allowed (Pinwheel Plays, 2005)
  • Number 76 (Pinwheel Plays, 1999)
  • Punch Bowl (Pinwheel Plays, 2006)
  • Relocations (Indie Theater Now, 2013)
  • A Rum Cake for Rita (Pinwheel Plays, 2005)
  • The Seventh of August (Pinwheel Plays, 2012)
  • Stay (Pinwheel Plays, 1996)
  • Taking Off (Pinwheel Plays, 2006)
  • That Bitch Brenda Stole My Lip Gloss (and I Want it Back (Pinwheel Plays, 2013)
  • Trixie's Last Date with the Boogeyman (Pinwheel Plays, 2005)
  • Threnody (Pinwheel Plays, 1999)
  • Unrequited (Brooklyn Publishers, 2004)

Stage Play Collections[edit]

  • Brave Enough to Love: Gay and Lesbian Stage Plays (Pinwheel Plays, 2014)
  • Deuces: Stage Plays for Two Actors (Pinwheel Plays, 2014)
  • Monologues That Kick Ass (Pinwheel Plays, 2013)
  • Now That I Have Your Attention: A Collection of Twenty-One Stage Plays (Pinwheel Plays, 2014)
  • You Think You Know Us: Stage Plays for Teen Actors (Pinwheel Plays, 2014)

Featured Work[edit]

  • 60 Seconds to Shine: 221 One-Minute Monologues for Men (Smith & Kraus, 2006; edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston; featuring a monologue from Better Places to Go)
  • 60 Seconds to Shine: 221 One-Minute Monologues for Women (Smith & Kraus, 2006; edited by John Capecci and Irene Ziegler Aston; featuring monologues from And The Winner Is and Baby in the Basement)
  • A&U: America's AIDS Magazine (September/October 2008; edited by Chael Needle; featuring the one-act play Don't Mention It)
  • A&U: America's AIDS Magazine (December 2011; edited Brent Calderwood; featuring the poem Strength Comes From Knowing)
  • Audition Arsenal for Men in Their 20s (Smith & Kraus, 2005; edited by Janet B. Milstein; featuring monologues from I Ate Lunch Alone Today and Sloe Gin Fizz)
  • Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 20s (Smith & Kraus, 2005; edited by Janet B. Milstein; featuring monologues from Better Places to Go, Pensacola, Sky Lines, Temporary Heroes, and Threnody)
  • Audition Arsenal for Women in Their 30s (Smith & Kraus, 2005; edited by Janet B. Milstein; featuring a monologue from Better Places to Go)
  • Audition Monologues for Young Women #2: More Contemporary Auditions for Aspiring Actresses (Meriwether Publishing, 2013; edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff; featuring monologues from Baby in the Basement and Better Places to Go)
  • The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 1999 (Smith & Kraus, 1999; edited by Jocelyn Beard; featuring a monologue Threnody)
  • The Best Stage Scenes of 1999 (Smith & Kraus, 1999; edited by Jocelyn Beard; featuring a scene from Threnody)
  • The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 1999 (Smith & Kraus, 1999; edited by Jocelyn Beard; featuring monologues from Are You All Right in There? and Threnody)
  • The Best Men's Stage Monologues of 2000 (Smith & Kraus, 2000; edited by Jocelyn Beard; featuring two monologues from Sloe Gin Fizz)
  • The Best Stage Scenes of 2000 (Smith & Kraus, 2000; edited by Jocelyn Beard; featuring Number 76)
  • The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2000 (Smith & Kraus, 2000; edited by Jocelyn Beard; featuring a monologue from False Hopes)
  • The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2002 (Smith & Kraus, 2002; edited by D.L. Lepidus; featuring three monologues from Frozen Stars)
  • Between (Chelsea Station Editions, December 2013; edited by Jameson Currier; featuring the poem Blue Navy)
  • The Centrifugal Eye (November 2008; edited by Eve Hanninen; featuring the poem Caution)
  • Chelsea Station (Issue 4, May 2013; edited by Jameson Currier; featuring the poem This Man's Watch)
  • The Comstock Review (Winter 2008; edited by John M. Bellinger; featuring the poem Rapture)
  • Glitterwolf Magazine (London; Issue Two; October 2012; edited by Matt Cresswell; featuring the poems I Want To Travel Your Body and Volatile)
  • ImageOutWrite: A Celebration of GLBTQ Writing (September 2012; edited by Gregory Gerard and KaeLyn Rich; featuring the poems Latin Freestyle, The Day I Almost Ran Away with Goldie Hawn, and In Spite of It All)
  • inscape (2009; edited by Michelle Lassiter and Leif Anderson; published by Washburn University; featuring the poem El Novio)
  • Men of Mystery: Homoerotic Tales of Intrigue and Suspense (Haworth Press, 2007; edited by Sean Meriwether and Greg Wharton; featuring the short story Bruised; Lambda Literary Award nominee)
  • Polari (Issue 3, April 2011; edited by D.J. Baker and Sharon Dunne; featuring the one-act play Johnny Ramirez Really Wants to Kiss Me)
  • Red Booth Review (Volume 6:3, September 2011; edited by W.T. Pfefferle; featuring the poem Harm's Way)
  • Review Americana (Fall 2010, Volume 5, Issue 2; edited by Leslie Kreiner Wilson; featuring the one-act play It's a Pleasure to Be Sad)
  • Rite of Passage: Tales of Backpacking 'Round Europe (Lonely Planet, 2003; edited by Lisa Johnson; featuring the memoir essay And I Loved A Soldier)
  • Saints & Sinners 2011: New Fiction from the Festival (Rebel Satori Press, 2011; edited by Amie M. Evans and Paul J. Willis; featuring the short story Backfire)
  • Small-Town Gay: Essays on Family Life Beyond the Big City (Kerlak Publishing, 2004 ; edited by Elizbaeth Newman; featuring the essay The Lady of the House; Lambda Literary Award nominee)
  • The Southeast Review (Volume 29.2, 2011; Katie Cortese, Editor; Jen Schomburg Kanke, Poetry Editor; featuring the poem Walking to K-Mart to Buy a Dolly Parton Album)
  • Time Intertwined (Kerlak Publishing, 2006 ; edited by Mark Fitzgerald; featuring the short story Patience is Waiting)
  • Wicked Alice (Fall 2009; edited by Kristy Bowen; featuring the poem Ape Girl - a poetic tribute to Jessica Lange)
  • Winners Competition Series V.4: Award-Winning, 90-Second Comic Scenes Ages 13-18 (Smith & Kraus, 2010; edited by Janet B. Milstein; featuring the scenes One Stupid Moment and Backstage Pass)
  • Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays #2 (Meriwether Publishing, 2008; edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff; featuring a monologue from Better Places to Go)

Awards[edit]

  • 2014: Current Finalist, 2014 Rainbow Awards, Gay Contemporary Romance, Backstrokes
  • 2014: Current Finalist, 2014 Rainbow Awards, Gay Contemporary General Fiction, Stronger Than This
  • 2014: Current Finalist, 2014 Rainbow Awards, LGBT Poetry, Souvenir Boys
  • 2014: Honorable Mention, 2014 Rainbow Awards, Gay Mystery/Thriller, Love in the Shadows
  • 2014: Nominee, Bisexual Book Awards, Bisexual YA Fiction, Wonderland
  • 2014: Finalist, American Library Association, Rainbow Books, GLBTQ Books for Children and Teens, Wonderland
  • 2012: Finalist, American Library Association, Rainbow Books, GLBTQ Books for Children and Teens, Swimming to Chicago
  • 2012: Finalist, ILA (Independent Literary Award), Swimming to Chicago
  • 2011: Second Place, 2011 Rainbow Awards, Coming of Age/Young Adult Novel, Mesmerized
  • 2011: Winner, Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award, Walking to K-Mart to Buy a Dolly Parton Album
  • 2011: Finalist, Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest, Backfire (Selected by John Berendt)
  • 2008: Winner, World AIDS Day Writing Contest, Don't Mention It (play) and You Wonder (poem)
  • 2008: Winner, Slam Boston Award, Best Stage Play, Johnny Ramirez Really Wants To Kiss Me
  • 2008: Third Place, Split This Rock Poetry Contest,Latin Freestyle
  • 2007: Third Place, New Works for Young Women, Sky Lines
  • 2007: Winner, Carrie McCray Literary Award, Best Stage Play, Bracelets and Boyfriends
  • 2003: Winner, Elly Award, Best Original Script, Better Places To Go
  • 1997: Winner, Elly Award, Best Original Script, Somebody's Baby

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