David Haynes is the author of seven novels for adults and five books for younger readers. He is a Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, and he also teaches regularly in the MFA Program for Writer at Warren Wilson College. He has taught writing in the MFA Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Hamline University, at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and at the Writers’ Garret in Dallas. He has received a fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and several of his short stories have been read and recorded for the National Public Radio series “Selected Shorts.” His most recent novel is A Star in the Face of the Sky. He is also the author of a series for children called “The West Seventh Wildcats.”
David spent fifteen years as a teacher in urban schools, mostly teaching middle grades in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He worked on numerous school reform efforts, including developing the influential Saturn School of Tomorrow, where he served as Associate Teacher for Humanities. He has been involved in the work of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, coordinating efforts of the nation’s finest educators to develop standards in the fields of social studies, vocational education, early childhood education and for teachers of students whose first language is not English.