Monday, July 11, 2016


As a poet and as a person, I am very honored to have my work and my voice included here. I wrote the poem Contaminated about the water crisis and injustices happening in Flint.

While I've never claimed to be a socio-political writer, some issues require us to speak up and use whatever platform we have to get the word out and support strangers who need us most.

Many, many thanks to The People's Tribune in Chicago and the Caravel Literary Arts Journal for publishing this piece.

And, to my fellow poets featured here, let us continue to be light where there is darkness.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Project of the Week: Accidents Never Happen

Project of the Week: 
Accidents Never Happen (Novel)

Accidents never happen. Or do they?

Thirty-nine-year-old Albert is a Puerto Rican amateur cruiserweight married to a woman who can't stand the sight of him. Joey, a college sophomore, claims he just watched his parents drive off a cliff after he bled the brakes of the family car. From the moment their lives collide beneath a train track on a street in Chicago, the two men can't deny their mutual attraction. The second they give in to their desires, a domino effect is triggered setting off a chain reaction of murder and tragedy.

Available in paperback and eBook here:

*The paperback version is temporarily sold out in the UK.

Watch the promo trailer here.

My thoughts: This novel took me over a decade to write. To this day it's one of my personal favorites, considered by many readers and critics to be my best novel. For a year I was haunted by the lines: Albert is a boxer and Joey likes his bruises. Finally, I gave in and wrote the book.

1. The original title of the novel was The Common Bond.
2. I lived in Chicago for many years as a college student. The entire idea of the novel came to me while I was there. Chicago is one of my favorite cities to write about. It's my favorite literary landscape. Many of the locations in the book are places I've spent time in/at.
3. The title of the novel comes from a song by the group Blondie.

What the Critics Say:

"Accidents Never Happen makes a perfect summer read as it keeps you guessing and ends with several astonishing twists." --Amy Steele, EDGE

"Barnes crafts a complex, imaginative, character-driven suspense/romance novel with realistic, gritty people and situations...a definite page-turner and a must-read...Though the characters have significant negative experiences, the overall tone celebrates the ability of people to cope and rebound...Five stars."
--Bob Lind, Echo Magazine

Saturday, March 26, 2016


A New Stage Play by David-Matthew Barnes

So excited to share some info about my brand new stage play, Vacancies. The script is going out to agents soon. I will post updates about this project as they happen.

by David-Matthew Barnes

Read four monologues from this new script.

Story: Set in a roadside motel on the outskirts of Nashville, three couples come to a terrifying realization over the course of one night. Although their stories are separate, the lives and actions of all characters happen on stage simultaneously. Savannah, a fifteen-year-old runaway, tries to convince her boyfriend, Jimmy, they should surrender to the police after robbing a gas station convenience store. Erica, a twenty something Puerto Rican singer/songwriter, tries to explain to her high school boyfriend, Billy, why things between them will never be the same. Adam, a successful soap opera writer, realizes his long distance relationship with Luis, a young aspiring pop singer, is doomed.
Characters: 5 males. 3 females. One character is Latino. One character is Latina.
Genre: Drama
Set: Three motel rooms.
Rating: This script contains adult language and themes.
Production Highlights: This play has not been produced. A world premiere is available.
Featured In: Monologues That Kick Ass

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Release! Stay

by David-Matthew Barnes

Characters: 4 females, 2 males. All but one character are in their teens. The other is in her mid-40's.
Genre: Seriocomic
Length: One-Act Play/20 Minutes
Set: A teenaged girl's bedroom. A rural Southern town in America.
Rating: Although written for and about teenagers, the script contains adult language and mature themes.
Production Highlights: This play received a world premiere at American River College in Sacramento, California. Most recently, it was performed at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta.
Story: On the same day that her boyfriend, Jessie, is released from a work camp, eighteen-year-old Alison Freeman receives a letter from her estranged mother who wants a second chance. Alison must decide whether to accept a marriage proposal from Jessie, continue living with her lonely Aunt Carla, or leave her small hometown to join her mother for a new life in New York.
Kindle: This title is also available on Kindle

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Release! Just Before the Drop

Just Before the Drop
by David-Matthew Barnes

Characters: 1 female, 1 male. Male character is in his 20's. Female character is in her 40's.
Genre: Drama.
Length: One-Act Play/10 Minutes
Set: The rooftop of a twelve-story building in an unnamed American city.
Rating: This play contains adult language and themes.
Production Highlights: This play was adapted into an award-winning short film by director Sam Wagner. The film received a world premiere at The One in Ten Film Festival. The play received a world premiere at The Independent in New York City, as an official selection of Short Stories 8: Urban View, produced by the Native Aliens Theatre Collective.
Story: ‎Moments after her husband of twenty-four years leaps to his death from a twelve story building, a woman comes face to face with a man who claims to have been her husband’s lover of five years. On the rooftop, sorrow, regret and anger culminate in a second tragedy.
Kindle: This title is also available on Kindle
Goodreads: Add this title to your shelf on Goodreads
Preview: Read an excerpt from the script

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