David-Matthew Barnes

Colorado, United States

David-Matthew Barnes is the award-winning author of the novels Mesmerized, Accidents Never Happen, Swimming to Chicago, Ambrosia, The Jetsetters, and Wonderland. He wrote and directed the coming-of-age film Frozen Stars, which received worldwide distribution. He is the author of over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. His literary work has appeared in over one hundred publications including The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Men's Stage Monologues, The Best Women's Stage Monologues, The Comstock Review, Review Americana, and The Southeast Review. Barnes is the national winner of the Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Award. In addition, he's received the Carrie McCray Literary Award, the Slam Boston Award for Best Play, and earned double awards for poetry and playwriting in the World AIDS Day Writing Contest. Barnes earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. Barnes is on the faculty of the Spalding University brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program where he mentors students in playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults. Barnes is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in the city of Denver.

Website: http://www.davidmatthewbarnes.com


  • Mesmerized , Bold Strokes Books (November 16, 2010)
  • Accidents Never Happen , Bold Strokes Books (July 19, 2011)
  • Swimming to Chicago , Bold Strokes Books (October 18, 2011)
  • Ambrosia , Pinwheel Entertainment Group (September 12, 2012)
  • The Jetsetters , Bold Strokes Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Wonderland , Bold Strokes Books (February 5, 2013)


  • Faculty, Brief-Residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University (November 2012 - )
  • Online Instructor, Humanities and English at Southern Crescent Technical College (January 2009 - )
  • Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University (August 2008 - August 2009)


  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English from Oglethorpe University (May 2006)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte (May 2008)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature , Poetry