David-Matthew Barnes is the award-winning author of the novels Mesmerized, Accidents Never Happen, Swimming to Chicago, Ambrosia, The Jetsetters, Wonderland, and Stronger Than This. He is the writer and director of the films Frozen Stars, Made From Scratch, and Threnody. He is the author of over forty stage plays that have been performed in three languages in eight countries. Barnes is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. 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. In addition to hosting the weekly radio show People You Should Know, Barnes is the Artistic Director of the Dorothy Nickle Performing Arts Company and the CEO of Fairground CineFilms. He lives in the city of Denver.