• David-Matthew Barnes is the author of several novels and collections of stage plays, poetry, short stories, and monologues. Two of his young adult novels have been recognized by the American Library Association for their diversity.

    David-Matthew wrote and directed the coming-of-age indie film Frozen Stars (starring Lana Parrilla of ABC’s Once Upon a Time), which received worldwide distribution. 

    His screenplays and teleplays have been official selections in the Hollywood Screenplay Contest, the Los Angeles Film Awards, the StoryMode Independent Short Film Awards, the Inspired Minds Short Film and Screenplay Competition, the Universe Multicultural Film Festival, the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Competition in London, and the Film Makers TV Writing Competition in Los Angeles. For his screenplay Boxcar, David-Matthew received the award for Best Short Screenplay at the 2017 New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam.

    David-Matthew has written over fifty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. His literary work has been featured 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, The Magnolia ReviewMemoryhouse, New Plains Review, The Southeast Review, and 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance.

    David-Matthew 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. 

    David-Matthew graduated magna cum laude from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a degree in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He also attended American River College in Sacramento, the Theatre School of DePaul University in Chicago, and Columbia College Chicago.

    David-Matthew is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

    David-Matthew has been an educator for over a decade. He is the Program Director of the Theatre Arts and Dance Department at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado, where he was the recipient of the 2016 Inclusion and Diversity Service Award. He lives in Denver.


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