David Barr Kirtley's short fiction appears in magazines such as Realms of Fantasy, Weird Tales, and On Spec, and in various anthologies. His young adult fiction appears in magazines such as Cicada, READ, and Merlyn's Pen. A screenplay adaptation he wrote of his story Lest We Forget was shot as a short film and shown at the New York Independent Film and Video Festival. Locus magazine has called his work wildly inventive, and reviewer Rich Horton called his story The Second Rat one of the best stories of the year. He has been profiled as part of Speculative Fiction: The Next Generation by Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. He was the second-youngest writer selected for the anthology New Voices in Science Fiction. As a freshman, he won first prize in the Dell Magazines Award for undergraduate science fiction, given by Asimov's magazine. He has appeared four times as a guest instructor at the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers, and is available for free public appearances in the Los Angeles area. He grew up in Katonah, New York and majored in Government at Colby College. He has studied writing with many well-known figures, including Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game), Karen Joy Fowler (The Jane Austen Book Club), Irvin Kershner (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), Janet Fitch (White Oleander), and Terry Brooks (The Sword of Shannara). He is the son of Buckley prize-winning physicist John R. Kirtley. He currently lives in Los Angeles and is a graduate student in screenwriting and fiction at the University of Southern California. He has experience working with audiences of all ages. He will speak or teach a one-day writing workshop for free to any class or group in the Los Angeles area.